Latest TNS FC Foundation Update With Gill Jones

Life continues apace in the Foundation – our Christmas and New Year activities for young people in Gobowen, Weston Rhyn, St Martins and Ellesmere went off without a hitch – many thanks again to those funders who made these activities possible – the young people attending had a great time – enjoying everything from pass the parcel to FIFA competitions!  Thanks also to Jimmy O’Reilly for leading the provision, ably supported by Wayne Greenshields and our team of holiday activity coaches, writes Gill Jones. 

At this time of year, much of my time is spent seeking out potential funding support to enable us to continue our community provision of holiday activities, community football and other sports, youth cafes and clubs.  This is an ongoing challenge, but one we very much need to continue in order to maximise the benefits we can bring to the local area. A quote from one of our beneficiaries below demonstrates the value our activities bring to children and families in the area:

“The stuff that they do, particularly the All-In sessions, has just made such a difference to us ….. it’s not just that they offer holiday clubs and all the other things for neurotypical children, but it means that because J is involved with the additional support side of things, he can get involved in the everyday activities supplied for everybody because of the support they give him………Our involvement with them has made a massive difference – the people at the Foundation are amazing.”  

We’re very proud of the positive differences we are able to make – do you know of any local businesses which might like to benefit from an association with us?   If you are aware of any businesses, trusts or grant funds which could help support our efforts do please let us know.

We see the benefits our work brings to individuals and communities on a daily basis – many though probably don’t see the work and investment that happens to enable these activities to take place – please contact if you have any fundraising ideas which could help.

We’re now well in to our Spring-term schools programme, and are delighted to have added Ellesmere Primary and Moreton First Schools to our client schools this term.  We offer a wide range of quality school sports coaching provision both during the school day as well as in after-school clubs where children can develop their skills and confidence in everything from dodgeball to netball, hockey to tennis and of course, football, supported by our qualified teaching and coaching staff.

Our youth engagement team can also offer junior youth club sessions in schools for less sporty children and young people.  Full details about our schools programme can be obtained from Shaun

Our health and wellbeing coordinator Shelly McGlinchey has started off the year with a number of new classes – many of which are taking place at The Venue as well as in other community locations.  Shelly specialises in offering activities which can improve or maintain our health as we get older, as well as leading our provision for children and young people with additional needs.  I thought you’d be interested to see what a typical week looks like for her:


Mondays: Community-based exercise class for adults with physical/learning disabilities; STAR housing social activity class; postural stability class @ The Venue; evening Zumba classes for children and adults

Tuesdays: Community-based exercise class for residential care home; Exercise/activity class for adults with physical/learning disabilities @ The Venue; Senior Saints Social activities @ The Venue

Wednesdays: Meres and Mosses housing social exercise class; Senior Saints activities @ The Venue; postural stability class @ Ashwood residential home; Evening Hoola Hooping and Zumba classes @ The Venue

Thursdays: Age UK centre classes @ Market Drayton; Community- based afternoon activity classes @ Dudleston Heath village hall

Fridays: STAR housing social activity class; Senior Saints advanced activity/exercise class; Otago exercise for less mobile people @ The Venue; All In youth club @ The Venue for children and young people with additional needs.


So – lots to do if you’re a bit less mobile or would like to get more active – contact to find out more.

Our community football programme is also continuing to grow, with attendances at all sessions increasing thanks to the efforts of our community football coordinator Tom Rowlands, and also the TNS Girls and Ladies volunteers.

Our Foundation programme now includes:  Diddi Saints (18 months – 4 years); Mini Saints (4 – 7 years); Junior Saints (7 – 11 years); Wildcats (girls 5 – 11 years), all at The Venue; Social Inclusion football at The Centre MUGA, Oak Street, Oswestry; and Walking Football (Mondays and Thursdays) at The Venue for more senior footballers. TNS Girls and ladies football teams train here at The Venue on Wednesday evenings (contact to find out more about the girls and ladies programme).

Finally, our new all-ability football sessions will be launching on Friday 24th January @ The Venue between 6pm and 7pm.  Contact to find out more about any of our community football sessions.