Deprived Doncaster youngsters score soccer success

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More than 700 children from some of the UK’s most deprived coalfield communities are playing regular sports as a result of Game On, the popular football focused programme delivered thanks to a partnership between the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and Football League Trust.

Having launched in Doncaster just 5 months ago, Game On has already provided 96 young children across the local community and surrounding areas with an alternative to spending time hanging around the streets.

Working with a range of partners, Doncaster Rovers Community Foundation takes young people who would typically find it difficult to access sporting clubs or organised social groups, and delivers four training sessions per week in the heart of the community in Edlington and Denaby.

Marie Hepburn, Club Doncaster Foundation’s Community Manager said: “Game On has made a huge difference to those involved in the programme, as well as to the wider community.

“We are exceptionally pleased with the number of young people we have reached out to. Their health, social skills and behaviour have improved immensely. Having helped so many people in just a few months, we can only imagine what difference Game On can make to the local community in the months and years to come.”

In a recent report delivered by Coalfields Regeneration Trust it was found that 784 children throughout England have participated in Game On since its launch in 2013. Working in partnership with The Football League Trust, Coalfields Regeneration Trust provides funding for the programme with a grant that is match funded by other local organisations.

Head of Social Investment at Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Andy Lock said: “Game On attracts youngsters who are not only interested in sport but are also interested in doing more with their time and building their social skills. They are competitive, skilled, well-mannered and voluntarily involved in something that has helped to transform their local community.

“The fact that so many young people are taking part in the programme proves it not only works but that it needs to continue.”

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has been supporting the coalfield communities for 15 years. Providing practical help to coalfields organisations and social enterprises, plus funding that supports varied activities with a focus on health, jobs creation, community and well-being, the organisation continues to have a positive impact on coalfield areas throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

As a leading regeneration organisation, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Britain’s coalfield communities.

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