Young People set to benefit in changes to youth services

The New Saints FC Foundation is celebrating after being selected to provide activities to local young people, as part of a ‘shake up’ of youth services.


The Foundation, a charity that aims to provide sports and education for young people, is one of a range of organisations across the county chosen by Shropshire Council’s Local Joint Committees (LJCs) to offer young people’s activities and outreach.


The Foundation will be offering a two hour ‘multi-sport’ holiday activity for those aged 10 years plus in Gobowen, Weston Rhyn, St Martins, Trefonen, Morda, and Llanymynech – starting in October half-term. Each session will be led by fully qualified multi-sport coaches, and will offer a range of indoor and outdoor activities from dodgeball to football, hula hooping to badminton.


Foundation Officer Gill Jones said: “We are very excited to be able to offer this type of facility to young people on their doorsteps – over the past few months we and the LJCs have consulted with young people about the types of activities they’d like to see – these proposals mean we will be able to offer a range of provision which hasn’t previously been available to young people. We are grateful to Shropshire Council for the support we have received, and are looking forward to being able to take this very different youth offer out into the villages.”


The Foundation is one of a number of new providers offering new youth activities in the Oswestry area. In Gobowen, Weston Rhyn and St Martins, the Foundation will also be co-ordinating the offer of a number of other organisations which have received support from the Local Joint Committee – Fusion Arts; Oswestry Fencing; and Rural Skills – all of whom will be working together with existing organisations such as St Martins Youth Club to enable a very comprehensive mix of activities for young people. In Trefonen, Llanymynech and Morda, TNS Get Active will supplement other activities being offered by Llanymynech and Knockin Voluntary Youth Clubs – offering day time multi-sport activities in each village during school holidays.


The Local Joint Committee support follows hot on the heels of a recent agreement between TNS Foundation and Shropshire Leisure to run a “DoorStep” Multi-Sport Club as part of the National StreetGames initiative every Wednesday evening between 7pm and 8pm at The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry. Weekly membership of this club is only £1, and activities include dodgeball; volleyball; badminton and circuits for young people aged 14+ years.


The Foundation also supports the “This Girl Can” campaigns, and through the national StreetGames Initiative offers two Girls Only Clubs for girls aged 14 years+. The first of these will be starting at St Martins School on Thursday 5th November.  Further information can be obtained from Naomi Stocker –


See below for details of where we will be and when during the October half term:

Monday 26th October

10am – 12 noon     Trefonen Village Hall and/or playing field

1pm – 3pm              Gobowen Playing Field


Tuesday 27th October

10am – 12 noon     Morda Village Hall and/or playing field


Wednesday 28th October

10am – 12 noon     Llanymynech Village Hall and/or playing field

1pm – 3pm              Weston Rhyn Recreation Ground

7pm – 8pm              The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry


Friday 30th October

1pm – 3pm              St Martins Playing Field


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