DSY to Launch Ambitious Project at Shelley F.C.

Disability Sport Yorkshire will this week launch an ambitious new employability project, at Shelley Community Football Club.

The project, which has already been backed by Garfield Weston Trust and Awards For All, aims to engage young disabled adults who are not in employment, and provide training related to the various roles involved in running a community sports club.

The idea, is to create the first community sports club run by disabled people, and in doing so create real exit routes into employment for the candidates.

Work to engage partners has been underway for some months, with several local organisations keen to be involved in this exiting and innovative initiative.

Candidates will be able to “take options” to attend practical sessions covering the following roles: Ground-keeping, pitch marking, gardening, maintenance, food preparation and serving, programme selling, car park stewarding, coaching, refereeing, social media and website and programme production.  Training will also be offered in cash-handling, customer care and first aid.

Official recruitment of candidates will begin over the summer, and the project will be run as a pilot, gathering evidence with a view to a consortium bid for a three year funded project.

Project lead, Fiona Hall said:

“This is a really exciting project, and it comes as no surprise that many organisations have already committed to being part of it. The ambition is to create a sports club where disabled people are at the forefront. Where disabled people find opportunities. We want to develop a model that can be replicated in other areas. It would be especially poignant to do this initially on the same site  (Storthes Hall), that was once a place where disabled people were locked away, out of sight of the local community.”

For further details on how to get involved as a partner, or as a candidate, please contact, Fiona Hall

fhall@disabilitysportyorskshire.org  01924 3723782