Magpies awarded Football Conference Trust grant

Striker James Dean has a shot towards the Harrogate goal
Striker James Dean has a shot towards the Harrogate goal
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Chorley Football Club has been awarded a grant which will help boost their links with the local community.

The grant is from the Football Conference Trust and it will enable the club to extend its links with the local community and offer a number of new initiatives, to inspire young people, between the ages of 5-18, to participate in sports related activities during their leisure time.

The Football Conference Trust is a partnership between the Football Conference, the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The Premier League and the PFA have each committed to support the Trust until 2017.

They have each contributed to a total fund to £5.2m.

This is to support all Football Conference member clubs to help support and develop their community activities.

Club Chairman Ken Wright said: “For a number of years now, wehave provided football coaching opportunities for young people during their holidays.

“These have proved very successful and we feel that it’s important for us, not only to continue with this provision but, look to further develop new initiatives that will be of benefit to young people living in Chorley.”

Running the programme is former Magpies manager and he added: “There’s always been a strong desire to make the local community an integral part of the club.

“We feel that by developing partnerships with local businesses, statutory and non- statutory organisations, this will ensure that important stakeholders, support us in achieving our aims.

“We intend to work with local schools, and deliver football coaching activities as well as offering a wide range of sports programmes, during holiday breaks.”

The club has outlined its priorities for the first year, they want to provide football coaching for ages five to 16, establish a junior football devlopment section for ages seven to 18 and hold a football tournament for children aged six to nine.

Mr Wright added: “We are confident that this initiative will raise self esteem, improve general well being, achieve positive changes in the community and address broad issues of social inclusion.

“He added “The project would not have been possible without the generous contribution from the Trust.”

The official launch of the project will take place at this Saturday’s home match against Worcester City.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester and a Conference official will be at Saturday’s game for a cheque presentation.