Initiative to boost local sport participation kicks-off at Yeovil Town FC

05 March 2015

Young people from Yeovil teamed up with star players from Yeovil Town F.C. last week to launch a new initiative to help more local people into sport.

A special coaching session was held at the club to mark the start of Creating Active Communities, a new three-year partnership project that we're leading, that aims to help more young people and adults take part in fun and healthy sports activities.

Yeovil Mayor Mike Lock attended the session, which saw players and coaches at Yeovil Town F.C., including Kevin Dawson and Chris Weale, putting local young people through their paces with football drills, top tips and techniques usually reserved for professionals.

The coaching session was exclusive to residents from the Yeovil Foyer – our supported housing service for young people aged between 16 and 24.

Jane Edmonds, our Assistant Director, said “Our Yeovil Foyer residents really enjoyed today’s coaching session, which goes to show that people will actively engage in sport – if the opportunities to do so are available at a local level.

“Knightstone takes building strong and healthy communities seriously. We’re working with local residents and our partners to develop sports provision in communities where we also provide homes.

“Through Creating Active Communities we’re giving people the chance to try new activities, enjoy the benefits of regular sports exercise, and to experience what’s available locally.”

Sara Bradley, from Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust said “We were delighted to hold a coaching session and stadium tour for the young people from Yeovil Foyer, to help support the project.

“Creating Active Communities is a great initiative which will help make it easier for neighbourhoods to access sport – and hopefully create sporting habits for life.

“As a partner of the initiative we are looking forward to continuing our fantastic relationship with Knightstone in order to increase sports participation within the area.”

We have developed Creating Active Communities in partnership with Somerset Activities & Sports Partnership (SASP), Tone Leisure, Age UK Somerset, 1610, Somerset Community Foundation, Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and local communities. The initiative receives National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund. 

The project will include taster sessions, community based projects, trips to Somerset’s sports venues and outdoor locations to try new activities, and courses to develop skills in chosen sports. 

Mayor of Yeovil, Mick Lock added: “It’s great news that Knightstone and its partners are encouraging active lifestyles in Yeovil and providing opportunities for local people to get involved in sport.”

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