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.”
Nine Centre Spot volunteers spent the day out in London first for some BMX riding at Lee Valley VeloPark, and then for a meal at Nandos.
Centre Spot has received a £43,870 grant from money raised by HealthDesire through The Health Lottery. The funding will enable Centre Spot deliver the “Friar Park Sporting Champions” project.
Addressing a lack of community activities for young people in the Friar Park estate in Wednesbury Centre Spot will deliver weekly simultaneous football and dance sessions for 50 young people aged 14-18 from the deprived Friary Park estate with a positive way to spend their free time. Sessions will be led by qualified coaches and instructors who live on the estate alongside experienced Mentors, with local young people who have previously participated inCentre Spot projects supporting as volunteers and peer mentors. Young people attending the dance sessions will work together to create routines that can be performed locally at small scale events whilst football participants will form a fortnightly football league attended by other local young people. Additionally the groups will work together to create annual award events to recognise their achievements.
Positive outcomes will occur as the Mentors and volunteers use an informal approach to regularly support participants within sessions as well as young people formally completing a ‘Play Maker’ qualification.
Project leader Dane Saunders, said: “This grant will help us expand our work in the community and enable us to target young people especially. The young people will have full control of the project, and will be heavily involved in its design and delivery”.
For more information about HealthDesire contact Info@HealthDesireCIC.org.uk or visit www.healthdesirecic.org.uk
HealthDesire is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in the West Midlands.
The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission: www.healthlottery.co.uk
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk
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Tuesday 21st May 2013 saw over 300 pupils from schools all around Sandwell and Birmingham area converge on the astro at Goals Blackheath for the annual Centre Spot Schools Tournament.
Over the last few weeks, Centre Spot as part of the Gold Silver Bronze Project, a project which seeks to provide 2012 hours of sports coaching, competition and volunteering opportunities have organised a series of School Sports Competitions for Primary and Secondary Schools in Sandwell and Birmingham.
Centre Spot is celebrating after receiving a grant from Birmingham & Black Country Community Foundation to help deliver community focused sport activity to young children from deprived and disadvantaged circumstances for the next 12 months.