Community Foundation Newsletter 15th October 2021

Guiseley Community Foundation have had a busy few weeks, here’s what they have been getting up to.

Nunroyd Park Eco Trip

Last week, Community Coach Marcus Wardell and Guiseley Primary’s Eco Committee went on a trip Nunroyd Park. The group met up with volunteers from the Friends of Nunroyd Park, who helped the children complete work around the park.

Younger members of the group took part in a litter pick, helping to ensure the park has as little litter as possible. Meanwhile, older members of the group helped clear irises from a new pond area, which would help the pond retain water, and thus reattract frogs and toads to the area.

The trip provided a great balance of energy and enthusiasm from the Eco Committee, and wisdom and experience from the members of the Friends of Nunroyd Park group. It is hoped that this trip will be the start of many more cross-generational activities within the community, especially in terms of helping to protect the environment.

Asda Foundation Grant

This week, Community Development Manager Steve Taylor visited Asda Adel, to receive a ‘Bringing Communities Back Together’ grant cheque.

The funding will go towards a Christmas celebration event, where it is hoped that we can host a multigenerational Christmas party.

Afterschool Clubs Restarting

The Community Foundation is very happy to have restarted a number of afterschool clubs this half term. Most afterschool clubs were stopped as a result of the pandemic, so our coaches are very pleased to be providing afterschool fun in a number of different ways, in a number of different schools.

Community Coaches Holly Dawes and Anna Smith have started running the Foundation’s very first gymnastics club at Guiseley Primary. The coaches are using their own gymnastics experience to help inspire and teach the next generation of gymnasts. A multisports club as well as a football club have also begun at Guiseley Primary.

Community Coaches Adam Lees and Marcus Wardell lead the multisports session for Year 1 children. Adam also leads the Year 6 football club, where over 10 children attend weekly.

Meanwhile, Yeadon Westfield Junior School have welcomed back Marcus to their Twilight Owls afterschool club on Friday evenings, where he leads a number of different sports activities.

Football Fanatic Seb

Seb is a student at Green Meadows Academy, where Community Coaches Marcus and Adam teach PE every week. Since returning to school in September, Seb has stood out for his excellent attitude in PE lessons, helping to pack away equipment, encouraging his classmates and showing real determination in every lesson.

Seb’s favourite sport is football- he is a Preston North End season ticket holder, and attends Marcus and Adam’s football club in school every Friday, where the older students are in awe of his footballing ability. Seb is a great student, and a pleasure to teach for Adam and Marcus.