For term three, although it was a slightly shorter term, we were still busy out in the community, ensuring that we engaged with as many people as we could. The projects we deliver in the community provide opportunities to improve health and fitness, develop educational opportunities and to engage hard-to-reach and excluded communities. Here is our latest update.
Premier League Girl's Football programme: We continued our work providing opportunities for more girls to play football through our girls only after school clubs at Philips High School and St Monica's. The progression in our girl’s football programme still continues to go from strength to strength, with more girls transitioning from after school clubs to take part in our weekly football development centres and one-to-one sessions, which are hosted by our Football Development Officer, Lewis Marno.
The weekly walking football sessions which are held at Castle Leisure Centre has again continued to see huge improvements regarding numbers of people who have been engaged in the sessions, with a new proposition coming to the forefront of a women’s only walking football session (to be run by Bury SAPAS). Walking football is proving to be ever popular, with many participants reporting that the social and physical activity provided by walking football is helping improve physical and mental health.
Our Ability Counts PAN Disability teams got into action after their winter break and gained a number of new players who have added more strength in depth to the already strong squad. Both junior and adult teams have also been treated to our match day activities at Gigg Lane, which have been enjoyed by all that took part.
Bury the Flab is a programme which has been active for the last couple of months. Originally beginning as a weight management programme, it has become much more than that, with a great group of people attending each week to play an hour of football. Through this, new friendships have begun to form and existing ones consolidated through everyone coming together for a common love of football. Participants are getting fitter each week and loving being a part of the group.
Our match day activities have continued to go from strength to strength, as we look to continue to grow interest with local grassroots and youth organisations, and build great relationships with the local community. Every League Two home game sees groups of children enjoying our Kid's Zone, located in Starkies, where they get to socialise before the match including: playing pool, table football, and FIFA, amongst other activities. We have also been lucky enough to have Peeler attending, as well as visits from Bury FC players who have joined us this term, including Tom Miller, Gold Omotayo, and Bury Women’s players Lucy Goulding and Aimee Openshaw. All have been fantastic with the children, answering questions and posing for photographs to add something a bit special to the overall experience. Other match day activities include flag bearing from the team's arrival onto the pitch, and half time activities such as mini-games and penalty shootouts.
School Sports — Term 3 saw us continue our great work in local primary schools. We have provided PE lessons in Chapelfield, Millwood, East Ward, Holy Trinity, and Prestolee. Not only that, but as part of our commitment to raise awareness of hate crime, we have provided Hate Crime Awareness sessions to local schools, and were lucky enough to be joined by Tom Miller and Dom Telford at Holy Trinity. Amongst other things, they were able to share their experiences of hate within football. As always, our PSHE lessons have gone down a storm, and with word spreading, more and more schools are asking us for this. If you are interested in any aspect of our Premier League Primary Stars or Hate Crime Awareness workshops, please contact our Projects Manager Donna by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org