Football Club scheme aims to be a real hit in the community

Football Club scheme aims to be a real hit in the community

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

Southport Football Club has launched a new community foundation.

Charitable status for the foundation was secured by the club earlier this year, in March, with the objective of ‘promoting community participation in healthy recreation to benefit people’s physical and mental well-being’. The foundation has hit the ground running despite the pandemic and has started a ‘walking football’ programme for older adults that has been running since August and has around 20 regular attendees. These sessions take place each Wednesday from noon-1pm at Dunes. The cost is £2 per participant. 

Little Kickers, a football skills session for those aged 3 to 6 takes place each Saturday from 10am-11am at Meols Cop High School.

The foundation also aunched the Wildcats programme on Saturday,  October 10  also at Meols Cop High School. This runs on Saturdays  from 11.30am-12.30pm, which is aimed at engaging girls aged six-12.

Trustee Noel Warham said: “The trustees are keen to build on this early success by engaging with as many local people as possible and the foundation has applied for funding to develop a range of innovative initiatives that will develop the physical and mental wellbeing of the local community.

“I was surprised and honoured to be asked to be one of the trustees for the Community Foundation.

“Having lived in Southport for pretty much my whole life, the town, the community and the club mean a huge amount to me and the opportunity to be involved in an organisation which could have a transformative effect in the local community was too good to turn down.

“The football club has a huge power – and a responsibility – to help shape local development and renewal which is even greater in the current difficult times we live in and I can’t wait to see the large variety of ways in which the Foundation can make a positive difference in so many people’s lives.’

To find out more about the foundation or to get involved, email community@southportfc.net

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