Great Places Community Development Co-ordinator, Lisa Green, called out to colleagues to help her provide football kits for children on our Northmoor neighbourhood in Longsight – and this was the great response.
Great Places are working in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and Stanley Grove School, putting on 20 sessions of football for children aged 9-16 over the summer holidays. The neighbourhood is in one of the most deprived areas of Manchester and some local children were unable to take part in the sessions as they did not have the correct gear. But now they have.
Lisa said: “Northmoor Summer Football is based in an area where families may struggle to kit out their children in order for them to take part. With the help of the generosity of Great Places colleagues, it now means that children are able to join the local football sessions, which really means so much to the local children. We want to ensure that all children have the adequate kit they need to fulfil their full potential, and that any barrier to participation is removed. Donating boots & kit is a simple and effective way of getting the appropriate sportswear to local children and ensuring that their experience is a positive one.
“We have an overwhelming response with 25 pairs of boots or training shoes, 2 footballs, 14 sets of shin pads, 23 tops, 11 shorts and 10 pairs of socks being donated. This is a scheme that we encourage all staff to carry on participating in, if over the months you have items that can be donated then they can be dropped off at Longsight Police Station for the attention of PSCO John Carew, or just let me know and I can help deliver them.”
PCSO Carew, who helps run the sessions, added: “All this gear is massively valuable. It really will make a difference and allow local kids to play football with their friends in a fun and safe environment.”