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”.

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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:

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.

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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