Blackheath Youngsters Have a Ball at Builders Football Camp

Staff at a building contractors have been swapping their hard hats for shin pads to help youngsters in Blackheath to show boredom the boot.

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Darren Tugwell for Wates Living Space said: “If children don’t have a safe place to play that’s close to their home it’s very easy for them to spend too much time in front of the TV or playing on their own”.

“We wanted to organise something that would encourage them to do something active, and that would get kids living in the same community playing and chatting together.”

Wates Living Space in partnership with Centre Spot CIC funded a free four-day football training camp for 6-12 year olds, and saw each of the 60 places filled in hours.

The camp saw the children entering various competitions including a penalty shoot out, crossbar challenge, Champions League competition, and receiving awards for individual achievements including football skills and good behaviour.

Delaeo Warrican (Age), a pupil at St. Mary’s School in Oldbury said: “I really enjoyed coming to this camp because there was lots of competition and lots of new friends. The coaches were funny, and you also get to show off your skills and impress people.”

Wates Living Space is undertaking a five-year project with Sandwell Homes to upgrade social housing to the Decent Homes Standard.