Taking A New Step

Support from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has led to the TNS Community Foundation creating a partnership with The Marches School in Oswestry to provide a programme of vocational activities for students to further their learning outside of the classroom.

The Community Foundation has designed a 6 week programme where students will receive educational support on a wide range of topics including Health & Nutrition and Basic First Aid Skills.

They then move on to a gym session where they will have to design their works outs based on the information they have gained from the educational workshops to achieve their goals.

Lastly, the students will take part in a football session.  They will be involved with the planning and delivery of the sessions to enhance their skills and give them an insight into coaching and development.

In the afternoon, the students will be working on a woodland area situated at The Venue creating footpaths, clearing areas and designing walkways for the general public.  They will also be encouraged to create designs and proposals for an attraction area suitable for winter walks, summer visits and play provision for local families to enjoy.

This will be an ongoing programme where students will be planning and writing bids to apply for materials and support. Students will also gain invaluable work experience that provides a firm foundation for when they leave the school environment.

Andy Hall, Director of House and Vocational Studies at The Marches School, said: “We are very excited about this project with TNS and are currently exploring additional ways in which the partnership can continue and develop for the benefit of our students.”

The project has been funded in the first instance by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioners Fund, along with staff from Marches School. Over the next few weeks, the New Saints Community Foundation will also be holding a number of consultation sessions with young people aged 11-20 to offer further sporting activities both at The Venue and in the community.  This will be launched at an event at The Marches School on Friday 28th of November at 5-7pm.  The event will feature BMX and skate ramps supplied by Ramped.

Community Foundation Officer, Niall Broe, added: “We have been developing this project for some time with The Marches School and are delighted to have received the support of the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner.  We hope that our work will have a positive impact on the futures of young people in Oswestry and surrounding areas.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about the project or sponsor its continuation should contact Niall Broe, Community Foundation Officer at niall.broe@tnsfc.co.uk

TNS community foundation teamed up with Ramped to provide youngsters of Oswestry with activities on a Friday evening. Ramped built a mobile skate park on the car park at the Marches school whilst CFO Niall Broe provided football activities on the astrotruf.

The session ran from 5pm through to 7pm allowing the youngsters to have fun in a safe environment. The TNS Community Foundation team have been holding consultation sessions to determine what the young people of Oswestry would like to see created. It plans anaylyse to the results and organise activities based on the feedback.



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