Notts County FC Football in the Community (FITC) is working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) to deliver new after-school sessions.
These will assist the Council in engaging with their local youth and providing local young people with a positive outlet.
Football sessions will be delivered twice a week in each area for one-and-a-half hours each, from July until March 2014. There will also be the opportunity to take part in dance workshops.
Participants will learn new football skills but will also be encouraged to develop in new areas including: refereeing, officiating tournaments, managing teams and games, to build their confidence and improve social cohesion. The dance workshops are designed to offer something else as an alternative to football to young people.
“Onside” will take place in Eastwood, Hucknall (east and central), with another site covering locals from Netherfield and Colwick.
FITC will signpost individuals who show promise and talent to local football provision through its links with local clubs. Coaches will be able to refer individuals towards new sports that may suit their abilities, pinpoint potential coaches and advise them about other youth activities they may be interested in taking part in.
The aim is to raise young people’s aspirations to direct them to a positive lifestyle and future.
Liz Plant, vice-chair for children and young people’s services at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “It is exciting to be teaming up with Notts County FITC on these sessions which will provide young people in these communities with opportunities they would not usually be able to access."
Nottinghamshire Police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping said: “FITC is a great example of the work taking place in the county to build confidence and self-esteem in young people so that they can better resist the temptations of anti-social behaviour or crime.”
Eastwood Community Sports Centre - Monday and Friday 5.30pm-7pm
Titchfield Park - Monday and Friday 6pm-7.30pm
The National School - Tuesday and Thursday 6pm-7.30pm
Netherfield and Colwick
Carlton Forum Leisure Centre – Wednesday and Thursday 5.30pm-7pm
The project will be managed by ex-Notts County player and caretaker manager Ian Richardson. For more information about the project you can either contact the Football in the Community office on 0115 955 7215 or visit www.nottscountyfitc.org.uk/onside