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.

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Get into the spirit of Euro 2016


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.

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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.

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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.”

Centre Spot receives grant from money raised by HealthDesire for Friar Park Sports Project

Health_DesireCentre 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

Centre Spot crowned National Champions

The national finals of the inaugural StreetGames Football Pools Fives took place at St. Georges Park, the FA’s state of the art national football centre, on the weekend of Saturday 3 / Sunday 4 August. The 16 teams which had earned a place at the finals were joined by former England defender Gareth Southgate and Olympic Bronze medallist Kelly Sotherton.

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