Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, is partnering with local organisations to deliver a three-year youth sports project in the Tong ward of the city.
Jointly funded by Clarion Futures and The National Lottery Community Fund, the project will use sport to engage 11-19 year-old local residents, encouraging them to get active as well as providing a pathway into education, training and employment.
Working with community coaches and facilitators at Bradford City FC’s Community Foundation and emerge, a charity that has delivered transformational youth work for 25 years in Bradford, the project will utilise football, multisports and a social action programme to engage with and provide sustainable opportunities for local young people.
Through the project, young people will be able to develop new skills, improve their self-confidence and achieve accreditations and qualifications including FA Coaching and Sports Leaders awards. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in volunteering activities and organise and lead on social action projects as part of Clarion’s Community Ambassador Programme to make a difference in their local area.
In addition, young people taking part in the programme will benefit from tailored employability and training support from Clarion Futures, utilising established links with local businesses offering work experience and potential employment opportunities.
Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, said: “Providing opportunities for young people in Clarion homes and communities is at the heart of what we do. Working with our partners, we look forward to bringing young people in Bradford together through sport and empowering and supporting them to fulfil their potential.”
Ian Ormondroyd, Chief Executive, Bradford City FC Community Foundation, said: “Our mission is to provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment to inspire, educate and enable the people of Bradford to achieve their fullest potential. We are delighted to be working with Clarion Futures and other local partners that share our ambitions, and look forward to supporting young people to develop new skills and achieve qualifications through the project, creating a brighter future.”
The project officially launches on 7 September with an event taking place at TFD Centre, Holmewood, BD4 9DY between 4-6pm. Local residents will be able to participate in sporting activities, enjoy free food and drink and find out more about the project, as well as what else is happening in the community.
The project is free to local residents and open to people aged 11-19 living in the Tong ward (BD4). Find out more and register.