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Published October 7th 2020
New activities aim to build confidence and teach new skills
Free sporting and creative activities are being offered to local youngsters at parks in Tamworth in Staffordshire as part of a new scheme to encourage them to learn new skillsets and try something new. The free weekly activities are aimed at 8-16 year-olds, but children outside of this range are also encouraged to join in. The project offers a range of activities including football, basketball, dodgeball, rounders, archery and tag. All activities will follow current COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures. The sessions are being run by Sporting Communities in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Tamworth Borough Council, Tamworth Community Safety Partnership and the Office of Fire Police and Crime Commissioner (OFPCC). The initiative aims to use sport to achieve a number of outcomes within communities, such as helping to form positive relationships, build confidence, change the perceptions of young people and teach essential life skills such as teamwork, co-operation, and self-management.
Youngsters urged to try their hand at sporting activities
Utilising the skills of professional artists, Sporting Communities' creative communities team also offer activities which can help youngsters to express themselves and learn how to conduct safe art within their community. This can be done by using a wide range of modern and contemporary artistic mediums including sculpting, painting and using graffiti art. Sporting Communities Managing Director, Ben Rigby, said "Tamworth is a great borough with a lot of people who are passionate about their community. Our team will be connecting with young people and providing them with positive opportunities to give them the greatest chance to succeed in life." The current timetable of youth events is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, during term time at the following parks:
Half term timetable for October is available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday daytime: Monday: Romney, Belgrave: 11.30am-1.30pm and Stonydelph, Crowden Road: 2pm-4pm Wednesday: Hawksworth Courts, Glascote Heath: 11.30am-1.30pm and Castle Grounds: 2pm-4pm Friday: Castle Grounds: 11.30am-1.30pm and Wigginton Park: 2pm-4pm
No booking is required, young people can just turn up at the session time and join in.
Activities will continue during the half term school break
Further information on the dates, times and sports activities taking place in Tamworth can be found at the Sporting Communities website and on their social media platforms: Website - www.sportingcommunitiescic.org/sessions Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/sportingcommunitiescic
Twitter - @sportcomcic1
Instagram - sportcomcic1