Slough kids keep on kicking

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Sport-ED’s Under-10s football team line up for a match

Bright stars of the future are now able to hone their skills with football training in Slough, thanks to a donation from Thames Valley Housing (TVH).

TVH has donated funds from its Community Chest fund to Sport-ED for its ‘Football in the Community’ project.

The money went towards hiring pitches during the cold weather as well as paying for kits and equipment for an under-10s football team.

The project provides football coaching for children, and young people, aged 6 -16. It aims to provide an alternative to anti-social behaviour and also promote healthy living.

Pervez Akhtar from Sport-ED said: “Sport-ED is a great organisation that gets kids away from their TVs and computers and engaged in activity. The Community Chest funding really helped us to keep costs down and was a massive help. We’ve got plenty of wonderful volunteers and we’re really giving back to the community. We’re most grateful as we are just a small charity and didn’t want to charge the kids too much as they are mostly from poorer backgrounds.”

The volunteer-led group brings together over 120 children from many different backgrounds every week as well as training a number of new volunteers and sports coaches.

Tessa Bird, Community Investment Officer at TVH, said: “I have really enjoyed working with Sport-ED. Their passion for the community is inspiring. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them but I hope that it includes working more with TVH.”

The scheme has now expanded, offering more sports and raising awareness of health issues such as the effects of drugs and smoking.

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Editors notes

Thames Valley Housing Association (TVH), based in Twickenham, South West London, was founded in 1966. The association owns, manages and administers loans for over 14,500 properties in London, Berkshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Sussex.

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