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Reach Out Project - A Football inclusion project with Nova Training

Wolves Community Trust has joined forces with six other professional Football Clubs from across the Midlands to deliver a Sport England funded project to inactive young people across the Midlands communities.

Overseen by the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire County Sports Partnership, clubs have come together to offer a unique project that targets young people who may be inactive or have difficulties to access football provision within their local community.

The Reach Out project in Wolverhampton has seen the Wolves Community Trust work with Nova Training centres in Bushby, Bilston and Willenhall to deliver twenty - four weeks of structured Football sessions, locally to the young people. Over the weeks, the project as benefited over thirty young people already, with the eight week project with Willenhall Nova Training project still to start.

The sessions give young people expert Football coaching from coaches who already work across the very successful Premier League Kick's project as well as opportunity for four young people who wish to pursue a career in sport development and coaching, to take part in a young leaders programme based at St Georges Park. These young people will receive education from some of the best coaches and sports educators from across the region, which will assist in their future involvement as Community volunteers and possibly paid staff within the Premier League Kicks and other Inclusion projects the Trust delivery.

Mick Skinner, Centre Manager of the Bilston Nova Training Centre said of the project "The 'Reach Out Project' has enabled the students at Nova Training to improve key skills such as communication, team work, confidence and leadership as well as improving their health, sports skills and attendance. All students conveyed that they thoroughly enjoyed participating in the project and have all commented on how good it was and that they would like to take part in more activities. The training staff that worked with the students was all professional, experienced and knowledgeable; they commanded the sessions to a very high standard which contributed to an overall outstanding experience for all.

To help with sustainability, young people have been offered the chance to link into the Premier League Kicks project once their eight week project has ended, meaning they have the opportunity to continue engagement with Football in their local community.

Sam Flatley, Inclusion Officer for Wolves Community Trust said " I have been very pleased in the benefits the 'Reach Out Project' has had on the young people of Nova training and the excellent way in which the project has opened up opportunities for some of the most at risk young people of Wolverhampton to participate in Football."

For more information on the Premier League Kicks Project, please contact Sam Flatley on 07779997778 or alternatively at samflatley@wolvescommunitytrust.org.uk

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