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Rochford young people invited to sports sessions

21 July 2016

As the summer holidays begin, young people in Rochford are being invited to get fit for free as part of a successful community sports project.

What is the sports project?

Having benefited 100 young people last year, Rochford Housing is funding the Achievement Through Football (ATF) sports initiative for the second year running in an effort to get residents active.

An organisation dedicated to changing the lives of disadvantaged young people, ATF is offering a range of exciting sports activities once again to girls and boys aged 11 – 18 years old.

The free one-hour sport-based sessions are taking place at Rochford recreation ground on Thursdays at 5pm and include football, street tennis, cricket and tag rugby.

In addition to taking part in the sessions, members of the group can volunteer, allowing them to learn to help deliver the sessions and gain their Level One certificate in coaching.

“Freedom and enjoyment of sport”

Stuart Long from ATF, said: “It is a great opportunity to continue the good work we have started. We regularly get 20-30 young people attending and it helps to provide a secure environment for them to have freedom and enjoyment of sport.”

“Support residents in living happy and healthy lives”

Chris Silvey, Rochford Housing’s resident involvement officer, added: “One focus for us is to support residents in living happy and healthy lives. Not only are these sessions good for our young residents’ health and wellbeing, but they are giving them the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and their position as community role-models by volunteering their time.”

For more information about the sports sessions, please email southendatf@gmail.com or call Terry on 07411 630102.


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