Stoke-on-Trent StreetGames sessions celebrate success
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing
Youngsters from across Stoke-on-Trent have been improving their fitness and making new friends this summer thanks to a series of exciting sports sessions from Sanctuary Housing.
Delivered in partnership with StreetGames – a charity which provides sports activities to young people in communities across the UK – the exhilarating sessions in the city have included professional football coaching and martial arts training from specialist kickboxing instructors.
The exciting programme of activities was delivered for youngsters from Stoke to help them improve fitness and health, increase their confidence and self esteem, and allow them to interact and engage with other members of the local community in a positive way.
Funding for the training sessions was provided by the leading housing and care provider in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council as part of the Sanctuary in Sport programme.
The new project is seeing the delivery of a range of activities to youngsters across the country, designed to encourage health and wellbeing and help keep communities active.
John Hanson, Sanctuary’s head of housing operations for the North, said: “The sessions this summer have been a real triumph, with over 50 young people being able to take part in such a positive platform for social activity.
“I’d like to give a special thanks to the Local Matters team at the City Council as they worked really hard to bring everyone together and promote the sessions. It has been really exciting to be able to bring sports to local youngsters and we look forward to working with our partners and the community on similar projects in the future.”
StreetGames officer Ben Gibson added: “Even when it rained we still had plenty of people turning up and getting involved. These were real local sessions being delivered to local youngsters and I think the kids had a big boost to their self-esteem after being able to interact with each other in such a positive way.”
Councillor Majid Khan, ward member for Etruria and Hanley, and the council’s Deputy Lord Mayor, attended one of the kickboxing sessions. He commented: “As the local councillor, I am committed to promoting community and partnership working. I have contributed towards the funding for these activities and I am very pleased to see how well attended these sessions have been. They have had a really positive impact on young people in the area, and I’d like to see schemes like this rolled out across the city.”