Free football camp for sporty Shiregreen youngsters

With England’s World Cup success still fresh in the memory, Shiregreen young people have the opportunity to try out their football skills at a free summer camp.

Funded by Sanctuary Housing, the week-long project will be delivered by local organisation Forge Youth and run from 20-24 August.

Budding Harry Kanes aged 11-16 are invited to attend the camp, which will consist of drills, training and matches led by experienced football coaches.

It takes place from 10am until 3.30pm each day at Concord Sports Centre on Shiregreen Lane and a snack and refreshments will be provided.

The funding forms part of Sanctuary’s wider support of Forge Youth, which also includes the continuation of free weekly youth club sessions taking place from September.

With separate sessions for different age groups, activities will include sports and arts and crafts, or the young people will also have the opportunity to simply spend time with friends in a relaxed environment.

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, said: “The football camp is a fantastic opportunity for all young Shiregreen residents aged 11-16 to build up sporting skills and meet new friends.

“Residents told us through our public consultation earlier this year that they would like to see more things for young people to do; I hope the activities we have planned with Forge Youth show that we trying to address this for the benefit of the whole community.”

Sam Evans, from Forge Youth, added: “We are grateful to Sanctuary for giving us the funding to run these sessions. I’m looking forward to our youth club starting again in September, and I’d urge all young residents to join us for some sporting fun at our football camp.”

To book one of the limited places on the football camp, go to forgeyouth.com/fnfsummer or contact Chris Nall at Forge Youth by emailing chris@forgeyouth.com or by calling 0114 241 9574.

This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.