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StreetGames partner with Sanctuary Housing Group to deliver new sport to doorsteps of youngsters
Young people in four English cities are set to get involved in new multi-sport activities on their doorstep through a new partnership between national youth sports charity StreetGames and Sanctuary Housing Group.
The pilot project is due to begin later this month in six different neighbourhoods in Leeds, Telford, Southend and Camborne.
The sessions will be offering youngsters the opportunity to take part in ‘Doorstep Sports Clubs’ that feature exciting new sports tailored to the needs of each neighbourhood and the people in it.
The project will give young participants the chance to take part in popular activities for such as football, streetdance, and dodgeball while young volunteers will also be recruited to get involved with coaching on the project and gain new skills and qualifications.
This new project is part of the Sanctuary in Sport initiative, involving the delivery of a range of activities to youngsters across the country, designed to encourage health and wellbeing and help keep communities active.
The project will link with the StreetGames ‘Doorstep Sport Club’ programme, which aims to get over 100,000 less well-off young people playing more sport in 1000 new multi-sport clubs.
"This is a very exciting new project for StreetGames,” said StreetGames CEO Jane Ashworth.
"Housing Associations operate in the heart of many disadvantaged communities, and are an ideal partner to reach local young people and encourage them to get involved in new activities tailored to their needs and right on their doorstep”.
Sophie Atkinson, Sanctuary’s head of community investment and sustainability, is equally excited about the project.
"By working with StreetGames, we are offering our young residents the opportunity to get involved in a meaningful activity and engage with their local community in a positive way.
"The sessions will run until the end of the summer and I would encourage all local youngsters to come along and build up their sporting skills.”