Bay young people can get fit and have fun at exciting free workshops in Watcombe and Hele, where they can develop their football skills, chat to the sporting coaches or simply socialise with other young people.
Sanctuary Housing has teamed up with Sovereign Housing to offer the weekly sports sessions from local organisation So-Fly. Taking place at Watcombe multi-use games area on Wednesdays from 5-6.30pm, and the Windmill Centre in Hele from 7.30-9pm on Fridays, the workshops are open to anyone aged 8-21.
A grant of £900 from Sovereign’s residents’ panel has enabled Sanctuary and Sovereign to come together to support So-Fly in recruiting professional sports coaches and youth workers for the programme.
Founder of So-Fly Jordan Pierson said: “We’ve worked with Sanctuary on other projects and it’s thanks to their support and the funding from Sovereign that we’ve been able to extend these sessions. The young people taking part are really enjoying themselves and their self-confidence is going from strength-to-strength.”
Adrian Brown, who runs the youth work for So-Fly, added: “These free sport sessions for young people really help them to open up socially and break down barriers. They get the opportunity to talk with staff about challenges they face in life and gain real support and guidance to help overcome those problems”.
Sanctuary’s head of neighbourhood partnerships Alison Kenny added: “This is a real community-led programme offering local young people the chance to improve their health and wellbeing and positively interact with others. I’d urge everyone to go along and join in the sporting fun!”