Book your place with:

Get in touch

e: info@footballaid.com
t: 0131 220 5999

CHARITY INFORMATION

As a result of the Football Aid games at Aston Villa, over £12,500 has been awarded through Field of Dreams to a variety of initiatives.

Last season, Aston Parish Church received £1,795 to help fund the salary of their Youth Worker who whilst encouraging young people to become more involved with the church, also spends time trying to connect with young people in the wider community; organising lunchtime groups in local schools, arranging activity-based groups in the local community centre and in the Summer, coordinating activities for young people at risk of offending.

In addition, the Wilson Stuart School and Sports College, who cater for children and young people with physical disabilities aged 2-19 years, were awarded £1,795 to provide wheelchair football coaching and open up their after school Club to primary aged children.

In 2004, Aston Parish Church received a grant of £4,260 towards improving disabled access and facilities in their Church Centre. Reverend Andy Jolley explained, "Many thanks to Aston Villa and Football Aid for raising these valuable funds. With them, we installed a hearing loop system and associated P.A system, and provided new equipment for meeting rooms to improve their flexibility and range of uses. This was to enable disabled people to enjoy the facilities of the church centre and to attract new users and user groups for the centre and meeting room."

In addition, over the past few years, over £3,000 has been awarded to the Aston Community Youth Project towards the salary of a Youth Outreach Worker. The Youth Project carries out outreach work; meeting young people in their own environment and channeling them into positive activities such as outward bound activities. Senior Youth Worker, Sharon Moore recently got in touch to tell us how successful the project has been, "The project aimed to enable young people to recognise and realise their full potential and to empower them to have an impact on their community. The Youth Outreach Worker worked with young people aged 11-25, encouraging personal development through a wide range of activities including music workshops as well as providing general support and encouragement. The aim is to build confidence, self esteem, personal, social and team skills and divert the young people from anti social behaviour and the risk of involvement in crime and substance misuse into constructive activities, education, training and employment."

"The project has been successful in meeting its aims, and making a difference to the lives of young people in Aston. A number of young people are training as senior member volunteers, have enrolled in college courses and have gained employment (including those who have been long term unemployed)."