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Benenden supports Foundation's latest project

19th November 2018

Tackling hunger and isolation during the school holidays by providing footballing fun activities and food for local families is top of the agenda for York City Football Club Foundation.

When you think of the school holidays you think of fun and a time for children to recharge their batteries, ready to start school with renewed energy. However, for many families on a low income this is not the reality.

There are approximately 170 non-school days a year where children cannot access free school meals which puts a lot of pressure on families that rely on these.

Many families also suffer social isolation during the school holidays as they cannot afford to do activities or take their children on days out meaning children spend a lot of time indoors or isolated from friends.

YCFC Foundation have embarked on a plan to address this with their “Triple F” Holiday Club.

The Club began during the Summer holidays in the Clifton area supported by Rawcliffe without Clifton and Clifton Wards and ran again during October half-term with further backing from health and wellbeing organisation, Benenden Health.

The “Footie Fun & Food” Activity sessions offer physical activity sessions for ages 4-7 and 8-12 year olds, for young people attending one of the Clifton cluster of schools (Burton Green, Clifton Green, Clifton with Rawcliffe, Lakeside or Vale of York Academy).

The sessions are suitable for all abilities and are fun and engaging, and snacks, fruit and drinks are provided to all young people.

Paula Stainton, YCFC Foundation Manager said: “This is a continuation of the fantastic work we achieved with Benenden Health last season which enabled us to provide 152 days of free activity to over 40 families with many of the families dealing with incredible pressures.

"The funded holiday days were able to provide the young people with a chance to learn new skills, make new friends and have a break from their usual realities as well as providing parents with a welcome break and more time with other siblings.

“The young people came from a variety of backgrounds and home lives and we were able to use the power of football as a positive influence to engage them and allow them to potentially try new things; meet new people and gain new skills.

"Our biggest compliment comes from the smiles on the young people’s faces and comments that they don’t want to leave!”

Nikki Taylor, CSR & Engagement Co-ordinator at Benenden Health said: “It’s so important that children from low income families are given the same opportunities for a nutritious meal and social interaction as children from other backgrounds.

This project resonates with our values as a health and wellbeing mutual and it has inspired us to get involved.

“As a leading health and wellbeing organisation, Benenden Health aims to support a range of local projects or activities that have a real impact on the communities which they aim to help."


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