Category Archives: news

CENTRE SPOT AWARDED HERITAGE GRANT FOR PLAYGROUND GAMES PROJECT

Playground GamesCentre Spot have received a National Lottery grant to explore the history of traditional playground games in the UK.

Centre Spot have been granted over £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help young people learn about their own heritage, through the exploration of traditional playground games.
The exciting new project will be based in the Black Country area and benefit children 8 – 11 years old, who are interested in volunteering for this project.

The project will focus on traditional playground games, where they came from and how to play them. Centre Spot also wants to create educational workbooks and a DVD that will support the project and help bring back playground games into our schools and communities.

The project will concentrate on games such as tag, hopscotch, British bulldog and many more games that will teach young people about their backgrounds and show the children how to exhibit this information, through film making. The DVD will explore these games in detail and tell the stories behind them, as well as communicate how these games were played. Centre Spot want volunteers to lead the sessions with the help of co-ordinators and deliver the sessions to primary schools in the area.

Children are now introduced to televisions, computers and phones at earlier ages, which now seem to dominate their lives. More and more children are growing up inactive, due to the overuse of these devices and we have somehow forgotten that play is a major part of a child’s development. Playground games are a fun and simplistic way of keeping the children in our community active, as well as furthering them to learn essential life skills, such as communicating with others and being creative. The project itself will open up more opportunities for young people to volunteer and gain necessary experience, needed to help them progress personally and professionally.

This project will benefit our community by looking at popular games in the Black Country and comparing those to which are played nationally. Through this we want to compare both the differences and similarities between them and educate young people on those which are distinct to the Black Country. In addition to teaching children about their heritage, we want to show children that physical activity can be fun and creative. We think that playground games are an advantage to children and schools across the Black Country, so we want to demonstrate this, with our project.

Centre Spot are a non-profit organisation that uses sport and physical activity to engage and develop young people. We want to help 20 young people, volunteer and engage other individuals, by collecting information about their heritage and achieving this through physical activity; which has been made possible by the National Lottery. We want to take this opportunity to explore how these games started, developed and why they have disappeared over the last 100 years. The project will help these games to be reintroduced to schools and our communities, as well as educating young people about the heritage of the Black Country.

Vanessa Harbar, Head of HLF West Midlands said:

“We are delighted to support this project, which, thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, will encourage children in the Black Country to explore the fascinating heritage behind traditional outdoor games, many of which have disappeared.”

Centre Spot awarded large grant by BBC Children in Need for Leg Up Project

Leg Up Project, Friar ParkCentre Spot CIC has been awarded a three-year grant of £90,832 to provide peer mentoring and training opportunities to young people living in areas of deprivation. Through the programme of support the project will support the young people to make positive life choices and provide the young people with better coping skills for the future.

Emmanuel Abbeyquaye, Director at Centre Spot CIC said of the funding award: “Thanks to this funding we will be able to support disadvantaged young people to gain a host of skills that will positively impact their lives for the future. In addition, the programme will support the young people to reach their full potential and raise their aspirations. Thank you BBC Children in Need.”

Speaking of the new grants, Christina Jobe, BBC Children in Need Officer for the Central Region said: “All of the projects we fund work to make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people, and these recently awarded grants to Centre Spot really will go on to change young lives in the area. These grants simply wouldn’t be possible without the support of our incredible fundraisers, so thank you to everyone who have made these grants possible.”

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal. Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.

 

Centre Spot awarded £26,735 small grant by BBC Children in Need for Football Project in Wolverhampton

Centre Spot are delighted to announce that BBC Children in Need has awarded them a grant of £26,735 over 3 years. This grant will fund the delivery of a programme of football and coaching opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people living in areas of deprivation. Through the sessions the project aims to support the young people to increase their self-esteem and confidence whilst improving their communication skills and giving them the opportunity to enjoy a fun, healthy activity.

Manny Abbeyquaye, Director at Centre Spot CIC said of the funding award: “Thanks to this funding we will be able to support disadvantaged young people to gain a host of skills that will positively impact their lives for the future. In addition, the programme will support the young people to reach their full potential and raise their aspirations. Thank you BBC Children in Need.”

BBC Children in Need funding relies on the energy and commitment of thousands of fundraisers and supporters across the UK who donate their time and money to support the Appeal. Whether it’s cake sales, wearing pyjamas to school or having a song and dance, every penny of the money raised goes towards supporting projects across the UK.

All grants go to projects working with children and young people living in the UK who may be affected by homelessness, neglect, abuse or poverty, or those who have faced challenges in their lives such as serious illness, disabilities and psychological disorders.

Centre Spot Awarded Try For Change Small Grant

Centre Spot are pleased to be one of 11 projects selected across the country by England Rugby and Comic Relief, who announced the first set of Try for Change small grant recipients.

The Try for Change small grants round is the first initiative in England Rugby’s partnership with Sport Relief. Aimed at supporting smaller charities, community groups and grassroots rugby clubs in England, the grants offer projects up to £10,000 to support the valuable work they are doing to improve lives through rugby.

Over 40 organisations, including 17 rugby clubs, applied for a small grant, with 11 projects ultimately being awarded funding. The successful projects are located across England and use rugby and its core values as a tool to greatly improve and support the lives of marginalised and disadvantaged people.

Dominic Proctor, RFU Chair for Try for Change and RFU Board Member said “It’s great to see such deserving projects being awarded grants in our first round of funding. The projects selected each demonstrate how rugby has the ability to improve the lives of millions of people from all walks of life and I’m excited to see how they each of them utilise their grants to make a real difference over the coming months.”

Sue Wicks, Strategic Lead, Sport for Change at Comic Relief said: “The small grant recipients have each shown their commitment to making positive change through rugby, with many already demonstrating just how important such initiatives are to individuals in need. There’s a great spectrum of projects covering numerous disadvantaged and socially isolated groups across England and I can’t wait to see how they continue to grow their fantastic programmes over the coming year to provide positive change within their communities.”

Centre Spot will be working with local schools and community groups within the Smethwick area of Sandwell. The project will work with young people at risk of/engaged in substance abuse and/or anti social behaviour providing regular structured sporting activities and group learning to increase activity, improve emotional health, well-being and life chances, whilst focusing on citizenship and team working to promote community cohesion and positive attitudes.

Centre Spot awarded Black Country ESF Community Grant

Centre Spot have been awarded over £7,000 from the Black Country ESF Community Grants programme to run a six-month project called “Mentoring and Personal Development through Sports”.

This funding will enable Centre Spot to work with unemployed young people from the Smethwick area of Sandwell, engaging them in a range of creative learning activities, supplemented by Sports, and complimented by Mentoring.

The intention is of getting the young unemployed people active, discovering and connecting different learning experiences so that they can help to find what interests them and deepen their passion for learning. It will also build self-esteem, raise confidence, create aspirations, and help them get on the right track for a successful future.

“We are really pleased to have been successful with our application. The funding will allow Centre Spot to grow in its programmatic reach, whiles making a real difference in the lives of the young people we work with. The grant will help improve mental health, physical well-being, active citizenship and community cohesion, as well as providing a stepping stone towards further learning, qualifications and employment for many people.”. . . Manny Abbeyquaye, Director. Centre Spot.

If you are interested in the project, please give Manny Abbeyquaye a call on 0121 5692413 or email info@centrespot.org.
This project is part-financed by the European Social Fund and Skills Funding Agency.

Sandwell Pupils are on the Move

Sandwell charities Creative Academies Network (CAN) and Centre Sport have teamed up with national sports charity StreetGames to run an exciting programme called ‘Engage, Motivate & Move’.

Commissioned by Sandwell Public Health, the initiative is aimed at working with schools and colleges to make sport sessions, fun and free to all 17 secondary schools in the Borough.

Between now and July, pupils will be offered fun activities, including Kombat Krazee (martial arts to music) and StreetDance. These activities will appeal to young people who might not consider themselves “sporty” and those children who don’t currently engage in traditional sports clubs like football and cricket.

Continue reading

Get into the spirit of Euro 2016

book#

Centre Spot is offering Primary Schools an opportunity to join in the excitement of the impending Euro 2016 Championships by offering schools the opportunity to purchase our specially designed Euro 2016 pack at a discounted price.

The Centre Spot Euro 2016 pack includes:

• A printed A2 size Euro 2016 poster with special facts about all 24 countries taking part.
• Printable Euros 2016 Worksheets for each country taking part designed to link into many curriculum areas using football, and the excitement of the Euros 2016 to engage your students.
• Printable Euro Quiz.

Once payment has been made, we will email your school the worksheet and quiz, and post your A2 poster.
All this for

£24.99 inc postage and packaging





For more information please contact us today on.
0121 569 2411 Or email info@centrespot.org

Healthy Futures Project: a success

The Healthy Futures project recognises that constructive, dynamic sessions that deal with issues such as emotional wellbeing, health interventions for smoking, alcohol, drugs, sexual health, healthy lifestyles, training, education and employment, hand in hand with trusted relationships fostered by mentors and coaches work as part of the solution to the prevention of a range of problems commencing and/or escalating with our young people today.

Continue reading

Centre Spot join Black Country Talent Match Programme with “Life is a Sport – Make it Count”

LiaS-news-itemCentre Spot are pleased to be selected as one of the preferred suppliers for the Talent Match Black Country offer. Talent Match is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and focuses on youth unemployment and especially long-term youth unemployment. Talent Match will enable young people who are furthest away from being work-ready to secure or take up enterprising and/or job opportunities, by improving their confidence and optimism and offering intensive support through the provision of solution focused mentors.

Continue reading

Young people ‘Ready for Sport’ with new scheme

Free sports sessions are on offer for young people in Sandwell thanks to an exciting new scheme being launched in January. Ready for Sport will provide weekly activities including basketball, football and dance training for young people at Jubilee Youth Centre in Tipton.

As part of the scheme young people will be asked what sports they want to take up, which days of the week they want to do them and for 30 youngsters there will be the chance to complete leadership qualifications.

The Ready for Sport project aims to encourage young people to get involved in sporting activities rather than getting involved in anti-social behaviour. Funding has been made available through the Sandwell Community Alcohol Project which won a Sport England Grant and will be working in partnership with Centre Spot.

Councillor Paul Moore, cabinet member for health, said: “Young people can have a say in the sport they want to do, and when in the week it best suits them. There’s also the opportunity to start the New Year getting a qualification in sport leadership.”