Fun-filled activity sessions will get kids playing sport
Truro City’s Paul Wotton and Jack Richards are pleased to support a roadshow to boost young sportsmen and women’s engagement in sport. Photo Paul Williams
23rd June 2021
By Gareth Davies
Aspiring young sportsmen and women aged between 13 and 16 are being invited to take part in free pop-up football games and activities, to help boost engagement in sport this summer.
Sport Cornwall Foundation has collaborated with Truro City and Supasport South West to deliver a roadshow which will run on three different dates and locations in Truro during the summer.
The sessions, with football based fun activities and mini games, will deliver high-quality coaching with fully qualified, insured, DBS coaches and players from Truro City.
White Tigers chief Paul Wotton, along with coach Deba Sidhu, will be in attendance for the first session, which takes place in Malabar on Saturday, June 26 from 10.00am until 3.00pm.
"I am delighted to support the club and its involvement in such an important initiative,” Wotton said. “Hopefully everyone will have a fantastic day, and this will lead to young people continuing an involvement with sport and the vital benefits it brings for both physical and mental well-being."
The roadshows will be an open environment to develop physical skills and techniques, consisting of various activities, which promote the importance of sport and exercise for physical and mental health and well-being.
“The aim of the roadshow is to take fun football sessions to young people in the estates in Truro, bringing the community together through sport, whilst inspiring exercise and well-being,” explained Jack Richards, co-founder of Sports Cornwall Foundation.
“We want to engage with young people to see if they would like to have this activity continued and/or develop new ideas around sport for young people in the estates with events and activities out of school time.”
Richards, a former England Test cricketer who won the Ashes in 1986/87, is also the chairman of Truro City and he added: “Sport and activity can create positive change and, along with Truro City Football Club, we want to be more active in the community through healthy and inclusive outreach programmes. We want to develop and collaborate on more pilot events to lead to a bigger programme to engage young people in sport in the longer term.”
Developed by Sport Cornwall Foundation, the pilot project has been supported by Cornwall Housing Association and a collaboration of agencies, with Matt Bond, trustee of the Sport Cornwall Foundation, praising everyone that has made the sessions possible.
“We are so grateful to all of the organisations involved for coming together to support local young people through our community football sessions,” he enthused. “Sport Cornwall Foundation’s mission is to help and educate through sport, recreation, and leisure time activities and to develop character, physical, mental and spiritual capacities. “We are proud to work with Truro City Football Club, Supasport South West, Cornwall Housing Association, Truro City Council, Together for Families, Young People Cornwall, Cornwall Safe and Imagine If on this pilot. We want to deliver activities to make memories, get young people moving and to stay motivated.”
Two more sessions will take place on Rosedale Playing Field on Saturday, July 24 and Trelander Playing Field on Saturday, August 28. Both the second and third sessions will start at 1.00pm and finish at 4.00pm.
With spaces limited to just 30 participants per event, places must be reserved at least three days prior to each session via supasportsouthwest@ outlook.com – or earlier to avoid disappointment.