A community football project at Limes Farm funded by money from the BBC, Grange Farm Trust and Epping Forest Community Safety Partnership is thriving.
Mentoring through football activities
With just 23 children involved at the start of the scheme in March there are now more than 80 registered.
Limes Farm Community Group, who set up the project, reports that impacts of the project locally include less anti-social behaviour, reduced risks of vulnerability of children becoming involved in crimes such as County Lines, an increased sense of community among local children and support and mentoring through football activities.
Originally the plan was for 2 hours a week and that has grown to five hours for 48 weeks of the year. A new partnership has been formed with New City College and its sports students who are undertaking work experience as football coaches.
This week football kits were presented to regular attenders, enabling them to play matches as a true team.
Benefit to the Limes Farm Community
Aniket Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Community Partnerships praised the project, saying:
This scheme is a fine example of partnership working and dedication from the Limes Farm Community.
To develop and expand the club in such a short space of time shows great initiative. The programme not only benefits the young people on the estate but has also enabled adults to train and learn new skills, which keeps the project sustainable.
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