In partnership with Sanctuary Housing and Footprints Community Centre, ATF has been running football sessions on a weekly basis throughout the last few months at the Rochford Recreational Centre.
Throughout the duration of the project at Rochford we have engaged with over 30 young people. We have also run a tournament involving a team from Arsenal community Trust (that Rochford won) and 2 community matches against Warrior Square and Shoebury respectively.
The aim of our project is to encourage young people to engage and to encourage progression into playing sports on a regular basis. Discussions are underway with Hawkwell football Club to facilitate our training sessions on a weekly basis at King Edmunds School during the winter months.
Jay who is aged 11 and is a regular attendee said; “I have loved coming along and playing football. It is great to be able to play for free with my mates, we can never get that anywhere else. The matches we have played have been brilliant and it has been great to play in a proper kit against different opposition. I hope that we can continue playing!”
Jackie Pope who is the community centre manager said “The kids have really enjoyed the sessions and it was great when our lads won the cup! We have put the picture on the wall. At Footprints we are all about giving our community opportunities, because they deserve the same chances in life like everybody else! Throughout this year we have formed a strong partnership with ATF.”
Thank you to Sanctuary, in particular Graham Nolan, Rebecca Townsend and Christopher Silvey for their continued support.