The latest TNS FC Foundation News With Gill Jones

Things continue to move apace within the Foundation as we come to the end of the first half of the Autumn term and move from schools provision in to our now regular programme of multi-sport holiday activity provision for the next week – please see the website and our facebook/twitter pages for further information about these, or email info@tnsfcfoundation.org.uk.

We will again be in Gobowen, St Martins, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry, Ellesmere, Welshpool and at The Venue over half- term.  Thanks again to all those organisations who continue to support us to offer either free or subsidised provision for families in the area.

It is always difficult to know what to put in and what to leave out of these updates – and because there is so much going on in any one week of course, I’ll always be pulled up by those taking part in the activities which I don’t manage to mention in each update!

So ….. this update includes mention of one part of the Foundation’s activities which perhaps hasn’t received a recent plug!  Walking football.  The Foundation walking football session runs every Thursday evening at The Venue between 8pm and 9pm – if you are aged 50+, or just feel you would like to be more active and fancy having a go at walking football why not come along and give it a go.

Our Community Football Co-Ordinator, Tom Rowlands, will be pleased to give you more information.  Thursday evenings are primarily a recreational session, and players of all abilities are very welcome – the main aim is to offer everyone a chance to socialise, play footie and hopefully get a bit fitter in the process.

Congratulations must go however to one of the regular Thursday nighters, Kelvin Sirrell, who has recently been selected to play for the Welsh Walking Football Squad.

If you’re unable to attend walking football on a Thursday evening, the Foundation has also partnered up with Weston Rhyn Recreation Trust to offer walking football on a Tuesday morning between 11am and 12 noon on Weston Rhyn Recreation Ground.

This also is very well attended, and is facilitated by Foundation coach, Luke Barry.  Both sessions are open to both male and females – why not give them a go?  For further information on both the above contact: info@tnsfcfoundation.org.uk

Wednesday evenings at The Venue are a great example of female football participation, as the 3G pitch is taken over by TNS Girls and Ladies training sessions.   Unfortunately, due to the number of girls teams we now have, not all are able to train here, and so we also use other community facilities to accommodate them.

However, if you have girls who want to develop their football skills do get in touch – we cater for ages 5+ – starting with the Wildcats session – contact info@ tnsfcfoundation.org.uk.

Finally, our Sunday afternoon social inclusion football will run throughout the winter at Oak Street Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Oswestry.  Thanks to Oswestry Town Council for supporting the Foundation to be able to provide these sessions in Oswestry – they’ve been introduced as a result of our consultations with young people over the summer (led by team members Wayne and Luke) and offer a great place for young people (male and female) aged 10 – 16 years to meet up – we offer both sporting opportunity and peer support in the 90 minute sessions which start at 2pm.

Over the coming weeks I’ll provide further updates on other parts of the Foundation – including our health and well-being, youth and community engagement and schools activities – we have an extremely full programme with a very busy team!!!

Look out also for very exciting information about our junior fan engagement programme – with a new junior fanzone being opened shortly and a great new football birthday party package being launched, we have an exciting period to look forward to.