Calling all sports fans to nationwide sessions
Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Housing
Young people in four cities are to get involved in exciting new multi-sport activities on their doorstep through a new partnership between Sanctuary Group and national youth sports charity StreetGames.
The pilot project is due to begin in May in six different neighbourhoods in Leeds, Telford, Southend, and Cornwall. The sessions will be offering youngsters the opportunity to take part in ‘Doorstep Sports Clubs’, exciting new sports tailored to the needs of each neighbourhood and the people in it.
It will give young participants the chance to take part in popular activities such as football, streetdance, and dodgeball. In addition, young volunteers will be recruited to get involved with coaching on the project to gain new skills and qualifications.
This new project is part of the Sanctuary in Sport initiative, which delivers a range of activities to youngsters across the country, designed to encourage health and wellbeing and help keep communities active. The project will link with the StreetGames ‘Doorstep Sport Club’ programme, which aims to get over 100,000 less well-off young people playing more sport in 1,000 new multi-sport clubs.
Sanctuary’s head of community investment and sustainability, Sophie Atkinson, said: “By working with StreetGames, we are offering our young residents the opportunity to get involved in healthy sporting activities and to engage with their local community in a positive way.
“The sessions will run until the end of the summer and I would encourage all local youngsters to come along and build up their sporting skills. Keep a look out for details about activities taking place near you!”
Jane Ashworth, CEO of StreetGames commented: “This is a very exciting new project for StreetGames. Housing Associations operate in the heart of many disadvantaged communities, and are an ideal partner to reach local young people and encourage them to get involved in new activities right on their doorstep”. Jane added: “Doorstep Sport Clubs will change the sporting and social landscape in disadvantaged areas. This is not just about sport; it’s also about improving young peoples’ lives as they grow and help them develop as members of healthier, safer, stronger communities.”