Gill Jones Provides A TNS FC Foundation Update, Ahead Of The Visit Of Llandudno

A very warm welcome to everyone attending tonight’s match – in particular those who have travelled from Llandudno – we look forward to an exciting game.

Life never stands still in the Foundation – we’re now well in to our schools delivery programme for the Autumn term, and are delighted at the response from those schools with whom we have only recently started working as a result of new Agreements put in place when previous SevernSports employees joined the Team.

One school in South Shropshire has confirmed how pleased they are with our provision, and the commitment of our coach, who of his own volition has decided to learn Makaton to enable him to communicate with two children attending his classes.

This is just one example of the quality and commitment of the team who go above and beyond to ensure all children and young people taking part in our activities have the best opportunities possible.

To find out more about our schools provision please contact john.rhodes@tnsfc.co.uk.

As we start to head towards October half term, we already have in place arrangements for our half term holiday activity programme.

Once again, we will be providing free holiday activities in Weston Rhyn, Gobowen, St Martins, Ellesmere and Oswestry, as well as a holiday club at Wrockwardine Wood, Telford – please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for regular updates on arrangements for all these activities.

Further information also available from Naomi.stocker@tnsfc.co.uk

Over last weekend, I listened in to a radio promotion of BBC Children in Need which featured that fund’s support for a Cardiff City FC initiative providing sports opportunities for young people with additional needs.

I thought it was worth reminding readers that here at the Foundation, we similarly offer a regular Friday evening club for young people with additional needs (supported by Shropshire Council’s disabled children’s team) where young people have a chance to be themselves, and have a go at a whole range of sports and craft activities.

Please contact Shelly.mcglinchey@tnsfcfoundation.org.uk to find out more – the clubs are fully supervised, and offer an opportunity for parents/carers and siblings to take a short break from their caring responsibilities whilst the young people are looked after in a caring, supportive environment here at The Venue.

We are very proud this year to have been part of the FAW Trust’s Cics Cymru programme – an initiative aimed at encouraging greater participation particularly by girls in grass roots football.

As part of the initiative, we have developed very positive relationships with Welshpool Youth Club and Welshpool Ladies Football Club, who as a result of our support to both organisations have been able to grow significantly the girls section of their Football Club – as well as finding some additional young coaches.

We are very excited at the positive impacts we have been able to make, and are currently also working in a similar way with Llanfyllin FC to provide support to help grow their junior teams. I visited the Welshpool youth club session last week.

Those taking part were thoroughly enjoying the session (even though it was nearly dark), and the youth leader is delighted with the positive changes she has seen in those young people who have been attending the sessions.

These are really great examples of the difference football can make in the community, and how just a small amount of support can really help grassroots clubs to grow and thrive – meaning that more young people have the opportunity to play and develop their confidence and skills.

To find out more about our football programmes contact Danny.bell@tnsfc.co.uk.

Finally, we were delighted at the end of September to welcome our Youth and Community Worker, Wayne Greenshields, back to the Foundation after his extended honeymoon around Europe.

Wayne is now busy making contact with young people, their families and stakeholders in Gobowen, Weston Rhyn and Whittington to be sure that our offer for young people in those villages meets local needs.

The announcement over the summer that we had secured Big Lottery funding support to match Shropshire Council’s funding for youth club provision in Gobowen and Weston Rhyn was great news and we now need to make sure that we make best use of those funds by creating an offer which will be available to young people in those villages in the longer term.

If you are interested in learning more about our youth provision, or would be interested in volunteering with us please contact Wayne.greenshields@tnsfc.co.uk.

If you are interested in finding out more about any aspect of the work of the Foundation please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Also, if you would be interested in contributing towards our activities or equipment we would be delighted to talk with you.

Over the coming weeks, we will be announcing details of our first sponsored walk, the proceeds from which will go towards our activity provision for 3 to 103 year olds across Powys and Shropshire – if you are interested in taking part we’d also love to hear from you.

Enjoy the game

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sam Wood

Media. Contact: sam.wood@tnsfc.co.uk