Jack Brereton MP and Cllr Faisal Hussain were both very impressed by their visit to Engage Communities recently.
Engage Communities is a non-profit organisation in Stoke-on-Trent. Jack and Cllr Hussain discussed Engage Communities football project in Normacot, delivered in partnership with Stoke City Community Trust and The National Lottery Community Fund.
The football project aims to work with young people in Stoke-on-Trent from disadvantaged backgrounds. Free football sessions, with the help of FA coaches, provide these young people with confidence and personal development. The coaching and mentoring is also a benefit to the Stoke-on-Trent community as it helps tackle anti-social behaviour and encourage social cohesion across communities.
"My visit to Engage Communities was extremely impressive and it was fantastic to hear of the work they have been doing to support young people locally over the summer. The football project is helping so many young people in our city and giving them the confidence needed to move ahead. Having the help of FA coaches is brilliant and the mentoring offered during the sessions is more than valuable for these young people.
It is fantastic we can now hold sessions like this again after everything we have been through with Covid, with young people able to come together, get outside and enjoy some fresh air. Encouraging more young people to be involved in sport will also help promote healthier lifestyles and improve community cohesion."