This season has seen many positive changes and advances within the Foundation, and many supporters have ‘found’ the Club as a result of an interaction with the Foundation.
Thanks to support from the Premier League Trust, we secured funding at the end of last year to help to target the growth of our junior supporter base. I hope that regular supporters will have noticed the impact of this through the work of Wayne Greenshields our youth and community co-ordinator, who has worked tirelessly throughout the season to encourage young supporters and their families to attend First Team matches, and get involved with supporting the Club.
We look forward to continuing to welcome our young supporters and their families and friends to future matches, including of course the Welsh Cup final on 5th May and then to the exciting Champions League competition.
Meanwhile, work in the Foundation continues apace – this week we will have delivered our final two free Easter Holiday activity sessions at Ellesmere and Gatacre – thanks as usual go to all those partners and funders who have supported us to ensure children and young people are offered opportunities to have fun and get active in the school holidays.
Don’t forget, even though the football season will have come to an end, we will have a full programme of holiday activities continuing throughout 2019 – at May half term, throughout the summer holidays and in October half term. Please continue to follow us on social media and via the website (here) to get the latest updates on our holiday provision. We will be in the usual locations on the usual days throughout the holidays – also providing free healthy lunches at most of the sessions for all participants.
I’d also like particularly to mention our Whittington youth project, which commenced at the beginning of the year, following support from the #Iwill fund, and is enabling us to work in Whittington to give young people a chance to develop their skills, and make a positive difference in their community.
The young people involved have been meeting regularly (weekly) in Whittington on a Thursday evening at Whittington Senior Citizens Hall – supported by our youth and community engagement team of Wayne Greenshields and Luke Barry, together with local ‘Whittington Together’ volunteers Lydia Northall and Ian Johnson.
The group already attracts close to 20 young people each week, who are all having great fun, and working to make a positive difference to young people and families living in Whittington.
The first Whittington holiday activity day was held on Tuesday this week on the school playing field – an idea put forward by the young people – who have all helped create and distribute publicity and the more senior of whom also volunteered to help on the day – 23 children attended and had a great time.
Whittington Youth also have great plans to provide a number of activities at the annual August Bank Holiday Whittington Village Fete – congratulations to everyone involved.
As we enter the summer term, our focus is already turning to the further development of our schools programme – we are able to offer a wide range of quality schools provision covering a multitude of sports and physical activity – including breakfast clubs, PE/teacher CPD provision, after school clubs, school games coaching and preparation, school festivals, etc., and of course we are always pleased to welcome school parties to our First Team matches. If you have a connection with a local school, please do pass on our contact details – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, as we come to the end of the season – a big thanks must go to all those individuals – volunteers and paid members of the team, who are helping to make the Foundation a success, and an integral part of the Football Club ‘family’. We are very proud to be the face of the Club in the local community – a quality provider and partner at all levels for all abilities – we look forward now to an exciting summer!
Lead image: Recent activity in Whittington with Luke, Wayne and first-team player, Joash Nembhard.