Vikings Sports Foundation receives ‘Reach’ Funding Support

Vikings Sports Foundation receives ‘Reach’ Funding Support widnesvikings.co.uk
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7th September 2018

The Vikings Sports Foundation have secured a grant from the Social Investment Business Foundation through their ‘Reach’ Fund, to implement the first stages of a new community programme aimed at bringing positive health, wellbeing and employment outcomes to communities in Halton.

As part of the initial delivery of the ‘One Community’ project, the Foundation will utilise the Delivered Health Solutions Performance Centre and the Vikings Market Stall based within Widnes Market to trial the delivery of two new programmes.

These programmes have been developed based on research and findings from previous Foundation activity in which health and employability projects were delivered.

Through the Performance Centre strand, people of all ages from neighbouring estates will be able to access a bespoke programme of affordable gym and fitness classes and health education sessions using the Vikings’ First Team facilities.

Sessions will be fully accessible, offering activities for people of all abilities and fitness levels from as little as £1. The Foundation will also work with its partners to ensure sessions engage those in community who are at risk of isolation and loneliness.

The ‘Market Stall’ strand will see the Foundation develop an employment arm to its successful Vikings Learning Centre project, which provides qualifications and support for people aged 14 and over who are out of education or work.

The stall will act as an exit route for adult learners with additional needs, as they gain access to employability qualifications, structured physical activity, mentoring and ultimately employment.

Through the trial of the Market Stall, seven adults will complete a six-week employability qualification with healthy lifestyle education, whilst volunteering and completing work experience under the guidance of a retail supervisor.

Commercial and Community Director, Richard Munson, commented: “We would like to thank the Social Investment Business for funding the Vikings Sports Foundation to enable the required market testing of our ‘One Community’ project.

“By utilising existing programmes such as the Vikings Learning Centre, and our First Team Performance Centre, we will provide new and innovative ways to improve the health and wellbeing of Halton residents in an inspiring venue.

“We’re hoping this can be the start of a successful project which will include our pilot programmes progressing and the introduction of further community initiatives.”

You can be involved in the ‘One Community’ project by joining our accessible gym and fitness classes or by enrolling onto one of the Vikings Learning Centre’s adult courses. For more information on both programmes, contact Liam Clark at liamc@widnesvikings.co.uk or 0151 495 2250.

Vikings Sports Foundation receives ‘Reach’ Funding Support widnesvikings.co.uk