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.