‘The Beautiful Game’
Salisbury Rovers Football Club is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Wiltshire Community Foundation Grant worth £10,000 over two years. The grant will enable us to establish a unique community football project in two areas of Salisbury - Bemerton Heath and the Friary. The project, called 'The Beautiful Game’, will allow children resident in those areas to have access to free football sessions as well as activities and trips. It will also offer access to coaching courses for young coaches and arrange opportunities for children in those areas to attend events in the City centre and beyond.
Wiltshire Community Foundation Grants are highly sought-after. The Foundation provides money and support where people need it most across Wiltshire & Swindon. It only supports projects which will make a sustained impact on people’s lives.
The Club’s grant application was a unique example of local partnership working between a variety of agencies who have not worked together before: the club, Salisbury City Council, local schools (Sarum Academy, Woodlands Primary School and St Martin’s Primary School) and Wiltshire County FA. It was also supported by two local Salisbury City Councillors, Caroline Corbin and Ian Tomes. Salisbury Rovers FC will now work closely with all agencies to maximise the benefit of this grant to children.
Salisbury Rovers Club Secretary, Debbie Sayers explained that the project reflects the club’s core community-based philosophy which is to make football accessible to all children, irrespective of ability or financial circumstances. For this reason, the club does not trial children. Debbie explained “our philosophy reflects the growing weight of research in youth sports which concludes that letting all kids play is not just the ‘nice’ thing to do, but that it is actually best for kids, for football and for society. Sport is a portal and football can be used as a positive tool within our communities.”
As a precursor to the project, the Club is offering free sessions on Bemerton Heath this summer in partnership with the City Council with coaches from Matt le Tissier’s Natural Coaching. The sessions are sponsored by Irwin Mitchell solicitors and they are being run alongside art and craft sessions at the Bemerton Heath Community Centre.
More information can be obtained by contacting: Debbie Sayers, 07543654971, firstname.lastname@example.org