A free youth sports project to help provide local teenagers with a pathway into education, training and employment has kicked off in the Marfleet ward of Hull.
The three-year project, which is jointly funded by Clarion Futures - the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, and The National Lottery Fund, will allow 11-19 year olds to develop new skills, achieve sporting qualifications and improve self-confidence while getting active.
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Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said: "The youth sports project is about providing opportunities for young people and communities, which is at the heart of what Clarion Futures does.
"We are proud to be working with our local partners to bring young people in Hull together through the use of sport, to empower and support them to fulfilling their potential."
Working with community coaches and facilitators at Hull Tigers Trust, Hull Kingston Rovers Community Trust and Hull’s leading childcare and family services charity, Child Dynamix, the project will utilise football, multi-sports and rugby to engage with young people and supply them with sustainable opportunities.
They will have the opportunity to achieve accreditations and qualifications, including FA Coaching and Sports Leaders awards, as well as the chance to take part in volunteering activities and social action projects as part of Clarion’s Community Ambassador Programme to make a difference in their local area.
Those taking part in the programme will also benefit from tailored employability and training support from Clarion Futures, while utilising established links with local businesses offering work experience and potential employment opportunities.
Richard Dexter, Head of programmes at Hull Tigers Trust, said: "Our aim is to always inspire, engage and improve our communities in Hull and we are delighted to be working with Clarion Futures and other local partners on this project to help deliver on these goals.
"This project will give us the opportunity to support young people and inspire them to living active, healthy and happy lives while developing new skills for a brighter future."
The project officially launched on September 21 with an event that took place at Shelley Avenue Sports Centre.
Local residents attended and took part in taster sessions of the activities the Youth Sports Project provides.
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The project is free to local residents and open to people aged 11-19 living in the Marfleet (HU9).
To find out more and register, please visit https://www.myclarionhousing.com/youth-sports-project or email [email protected]
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