Young people in Rochford are being encouraged to reach their potential by taking part in a motivational sports project.
Sanctuary Housing is funding the Achievement Through Football programme to help improve the lives of children and young adults in the local community as well as tackle antisocial behaviour.
Weekly football and multi-sport sessions, running until the end of March next year, will give participants the opportunity to learn leadership skills and build confidence.
The Achievement Through Football programme, which works with organisations including local councils, schools and the probation service, has been running since 2012.
Football sessions take place at Rochford Recreational Ground, in Doggetts Close, between 5pm and 6pm on Thursdays, while multi-sport activities are being held at St Mark’s Hall, on St Mark’s Field, at the same time.
The sessions are part of Sanctuary’s wider commitment to supporting residents into sport and physical activities through its national Love Sport programme. Delivered in partnership with Sport England, the programme aims to support more than 2,250 residents to see the benefits of such activities.
Achievement Through Football project coach Stuart Long, said: “We are passionate about seeing change in the lives of disadvantaged young people and have a track record of achieving those goals.
“By building a sense of community and teaching life skills through sport, we have seen a positive impact on antisocial behaviour in the areas we work. Our training isn’t limited to just football, and our staff are far more than just coaches, they are mentors and role models.”
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s resident involvement officer, commented: “Sanctuary is continually seeking to support the communities in which we work and this project is an excellent of example of that.
“The Achievement Through Football programme is enabling local young people to develop new skills and lead fulfilled lives and we look forward to working with them.”
To get involved with Achievement Through Football, contact Zayd Rahman on 07954 737393.
This project is being funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.