A new season of multi-sport sessions has kicked-off in Great Wakering for youngsters interested in developing their fitness and trying something new.
Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with Achievement Through Football (ATF) to deliver weekly sporting activity, with goals of enhanced wellbeing and a sense of community amongst young people in the area.
Within a safe environment, valuable life skills are taught by ATF coaches through various sports including rugby, cricket, tennis, basketball and football.
Young people aged 11-16 are encouraged to participate in the games, keeping them active and having a positive impact on antisocial behaviour.
The sessions form part of Sanctuary’s wider Love Sport initiative, which is taking place in neighbourhoods around the country and aims to engage more than 2,250 residents in sport and fitness activities.
Sanctuary’s financial commitment to the five-year programme has been matched by Sport England, through National Lottery investment, to help deliver the sessions.
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “By engaging with young people through recreation, our projects help to develop hobbies, talents and confidence – along with pride for where they live.”
Stuart Long, ATF’s club secretary, added: “Providing support and activities which develop young peoples’ skills, capacities and capabilities enables them to flourish in society as mature and responsible individuals.
“We hope that the excitement of sport will help to nurture healthier and happier young people.”
There is still time for young residents to join the squad. Sessions are free and take place on Fridays between 4.30pm and 5.30pm at the Great Wakering Recreation Ground.
For more information, please visit the Achievement Through Football Facebook page.
This project is part of Sanctuary’s Community Investment programme, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.