Community Foundation Newsletter 24th September 2021

Guiseley AFC Community Foundation’s newsletter contains all the latest news from the charity, read more now.

NHS Partnership Extended

Guiseley Community Foundation is pleased to announce that our partnership with the NHS has been extended. Since February, Head Coach Connor Thompson, and Community Coach Ross Whitehead, have been working closely with staff at the Becklin and Newsam centres.

The Foundation has been assisting staff at the centres in delivering activities for the patients, including ward-based or outdoor exercises, games-room activities, and relaxation. These activities are delivered at the centres four times a week.

The centres support patients who suffer from acute mental health issues, characterised by significant and distressing symptoms requiring immediate treatment. Both Connor and Ross have settled in really well since beginning their work within the centres, with patients finding their activities really engaging. The Community Foundation is very proud to work alongside the NHS.

Wednesday Football Returns

Our Wednesday football session restarted last week. The session, which Is for children in Year 7 and above, runs every Wednesday during term time. It takes place at the artificial pitch at Nethermoor Park, from 16:00 until 17:30, and only costs £1.

Thanks to our partnership with the Jordan Sinnott Foundation, we are now able to offer these sessions to a wider demographic, and offer free places to under-privileged children who may not be able to afford the nominal fee. For any more information, contact Marcus on 07503180006.

October Football Camps

The Foundation’s very popular holiday football camps will be running during October half term. The camps will run every weekday of the holiday from 10:00 until 15:00. Everyone aged 6-12 years old is welcome.

Each day of the camp costs £15 only, or £50 for a full week. Also, if you book for the full week before October 1st, you will receive a £10 discount.

To book, email alison.leigh.gcf@gmail.com.

Only moulded boots or trainers can be worn on the artificial pitch, whilst it is also asked that every child wears shin pads to the camps.

Eco Schools Update

Since schools reopened earlier this month, Community Coach Marcus Wardell has began working with the Eco groups at Guiseley Primary and Queensway again.

At Guiseley Primary, the group has discussed starting to take action against climate change. Each class is going to have their own energy monitor, to help reduce unnecessary energy usage.

Meanwhile, litter picks are going to take place at a lunch time, whilst fundraising will occur to help each child get a reusable plastic water bottle, to reduce the use of single-use plastic.

At Queensway, their Eco group is at a similar stage to Guiseley Primary.

Discussions are taking place to help take action to make the school more sustainable in terms of transport, waste and litter also. Both schools are on track to achieve Green Flag status at the end of the school year!