Gill Jones Brings Us The Latest News From TNS FC Foundation

As we approach the end of another very exciting and successful season for the First Team, we pass on our congratulations to them.  It’s a good opportunity also for us to reflect on how success can breed success, and how by working together as part of a much bigger team we can all complement and build on each other’s success.

We are very proud that here in the Foundation, we’ve been working very hard to make sure we can help a wide cross-section of the community achieve their goals as a result of connections with the Football Club.

In terms of women and girls participation, we’ve made tremendous strides over the past twelve months – the summer of 2018 saw the move of TNS Ladies and Girls to sit under the umbrella of the Foundation – providing them with the financial and administrative framework essential for future sustainability and growth, whilst encouraging the ongoing involvement of a great team of dedicated volunteer coaches and supporters who give up their time each week to ensure the growth and success of local girls and ladies football.

Do follow the successes of the ladies and girls on our website – a big thank you to Stewart and Sam for all the work they have done to raise the web and social media presence of the ladies.

TNS SSE Wildcats now also run on a Wednesday evening at The Venue alongside all other girls and ladies sessions – offering girls aged 4 – 11 years opportunities to have fun and develop their football skills, and be part of the girls football development pathway.

TNS Futsal came under the umbrella of the Foundation in 2018 – the team plays its games at Glyndwr University, and again operates fully on the dedication, input and support of volunteers.  The team has had great success this year – winning the TNS Futsal cup in the final in Cardiff against Cardiff University Futsal on 14th April – congratulations to the team.

Again, follow the efforts of the Futsal team via our website and social media posts.  For further information about all our football programmes please contact danny.bell@tnsfc.co.uk

I promised in my last update to let you know more about our exercise activity sessions for older people.  There are over 19,000 falls recorded in Shropshire every year – here in the Foundation, we have built a reputation over the past few years for the provision of quality exercise sessions for older people to help reduce their risk of falls, thanks in the main to the efforts and dedication of our Healthy Lifestyles Co-Ordinator Shelly McGlinchey.

Shelly last year qualified as a postural stability instructor, meaning that she is able to provide exercise instruction for people recovering from or at risk of falls in the community, and can take direct referrals from GPS and physiotherapists, alongside other classes such as Extend and Otago.

We have recently been successful in securing funding partnerships with both STAR Housing and Connexus Housing to provide free/affordable exercise sessions for older residents living in properties managed by those housing providers, or supported by them out in the community.   The sessions are running in a number of locations in Oswestry, and also in St Martins, and will shortly be starting in Whitchurch and Market Drayton.  Contact Shelly.mcglinchey@tnsfcfoundation.org.uk to find out more.

Finally, I can’t end without mentioning the fact that our Easter holiday activity programme is now in full swing.  Building on the success of previous years, and the support from a number of funding partners and commissioners, we will this year be offering a full weekly programme of free holiday activities with free healthy lunches provided across Gobowen, Weston Rhyn, St Martins, Ellesmere and Oswestry.

We could not possibly offer this level of activity without the support of our funders – with whom we have over the past few years been able to develop relationships as trusted partners.   This holiday, we have also offered young aspiring footballers a chance to taste what it’s like to be a professional footballer via our ‘Be a Pro’ football activity day on 16th April.

Many of those families attending our holiday activity provision, our fantastic school coaching sessions, the Fun Football Sessions or our youth clubs/cafes are becoming regular supporters of the First Team – this is great to see, and testament to all the hard work being put in by everyone to share the success of the first team and ensure we deliver a quality offer and experience to every individual we come into contact with.  We look forward now to a very busy summer of activities and events for the Foundation.