Independent charity Foundation 92 is reaching out to the community in Salford, using football as a tool to impact the lives of others.
Its half-term activities included free sports sessions and delivering free meals across Salford to help young people be healthier in body and mind.
In response to footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaigning for free school meals over the holidays Foundation 92 has been working in partnership with a number of housing associations providing free meals for children.
Our October half-term free food parcel deliveries are complete! ✅
A big thanks to @UA92MCR and six local housing associations (in the tags!) for their help and support 🤝
It’s great to get out into the heart of the Salford community and help those who need it most! 🍞🍎🥦 pic.twitter.com/9FMMbVYls8
— Foundation 92 (@Foundation92) October 30, 2020
Cameron Peacock, an employee on Foundation 92’s traineeship programme, appreciates the importance of providing a safe environment for kids to have fun and socialise amid the pandemic.
The charity’s free to access sport sessions engage with young people across Salford, giving them a welcoming environment to express themselves.
Cameron said: “I’ve always had a passion for football and when the opportunity to work here came up, I thought…work and football, that’s great!
“The bigger picture is the community work and the fact that we’re providing some sort of entertainment for young kids, especially at the moment with Covid-19.
“It’s important for kids to get out for their physical health as well as their mental health.”
Community sports coach Regan Russell said: “The first thing for me is being able to have fun.
“If you’re able to develop someone’s confidence and then move onto tactical skills then that’s a bonus.”
“We’re providing kids from all backgrounds in the Salford community with a space to play football together and to learn about each other’s cultures… ⚽️
“It’s going to be groundbreaking, I'm really excited.” 🙌
Listen to Inclusion Officer Jordan on his ambitions with F92! 🎥 pic.twitter.com/qogxKtO9LE
— Foundation 92 (@Foundation92) October 29, 2020
Tom Hutton, Head of Foundation 92, said: “I get out of bed everyday because I want to make a difference. I want to help young people.
“I want to help members of the Salford community to lead healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lifestyles.
“I’m a big believer in the nurture and development of local workforces and allowing Salfordians to work for Foundation 92 and give back to their community.”
To find out more about Foundation 92, visit: https://salfordcityfc.co.uk/foundation-92/