UEFA Foundation for Children Funding

“Start Again Project CIC secure UEFA funding for local young people”

Erdington based Community Interest Company, Start Again Project have successfully secured funding from UEFA to deliver weekly football programmes and support sessions to young people from new and arriving communities in Birmingham.

The two year funded programme will aim to engage young people between the ages of 12 – 25 years to a variety of venues across the city.  Specific programmes will be developed by Start Again female coaches with the aim of engaging girls and women.

The Erdington based organisation has been in existence for 8 years delivering outreach sport and well-being programmes and providing semi supported accommodation to some of the city’s most vulnerable young people.

Working with local partners and community groups across Birmingham, the project will recruit young people who are newly arrived in the UK and seeking asylum.

Participants will have the opportunity to train and play in football sessions on a weekly basis in community sport facilities that aim to provide physical and mental health benefits to their everyday lives.

Essentially at each session Start Again Project will provide expertise to assist the young people with accommodation advice and guidance. This will also be complimented by inviting local training and careers organisation’s to support young people’s employment prospects.

Jamie Bunch, Director for Sport and Meaningful Activity at Start Again Project said “The power of sport for social change is well documented and we are really pleased and thankful to UEFA Foundation for Children for funding us to develop the project in Birmingham. Been able to play football will provide health and social benefits however the expertise and guidance to accommodation and other areas of personal need really makes this project unique for young people who are new to the Birmingham community”.

The first sessions to start will commence on the 1st August and take place every Thursday 1pm – 2:30pm until 1st September 2016 at Power League Aston, with further venues and programmes starting in September to be announced in due course.

For more information please call 0121 604 9637 or contact admin@start-again.co.uk

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