Weekly Newsletter 26 February 2021

Return of Sport                        

We welcome the Government’s decision to allow for the return of grassroots football and other outdoor sports from March 29th. Everyone at the Foundation is looking forward to being able to see children return to our clubs and sessions next month. This announcement will allow for the return of our very popular Over 12s session on a Wednesday evening, as well as our holiday soccer camps. Details regarding our Easter Camps will be available shortly, and will be found on our social media pages, as well as on our website.

Jordan Sinnott Foundation

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation has received the promise of funding from the Jordan Sinnott Foundation to fund the expansion of our Over 12s football sessions. This funding will allow the Foundation to offer these sessions to a wider demographic, and to offer free places to under privileged children who may be missing out due to not being able to afford the nominal fee. Guiseley Community Foundation Chair, Phil Rogerson, is looking forward to working with the Jordan Sinnott Foundation on other local projects in the coming months. Melanie Tait from the Jordan Sinnott Foundation added that their foundation is “very happy to have helped towards a wonderful charity. Jordan and his brother Tom lived and went to school in the Guiseley area, and it seems a lovely gesture to give something back to the Community”.

Interview: Alison Leigh 

When did you first become involved with the Foundation? “I’ve known Phil and Kinnon for a couple of years and helped out at the last beer festival. I started work with the Foundation in January 2020.”                           

What is your role within the Foundation? “My role is Administrator and Safeguarding Officer within the Foundation.”                                                                                    

How has the pandemic changed your role? “The role changed quite dramatically- I went from being in an office environment to becoming the area’s oldest paper girl, delivering up to 12 papers a day! I also did shopping for the elderly and the vulnerable.”                                                            

What is your favourite part of your role? “I love being involved with the children, especially during our holiday camps. It’s a real pleasure to watch them come out of their shells and have loads of fun. It’s a totally new environment for me and so has been a bit of a challenge, but thanks to the great team at the Foundation I’m learning fast!”

Holiday Challenges 

Last week our Community Coaches created many different PE challenges for children to try during the half-term holidays. These challenges are still available on our social media pages. If your child has attempted any of the challenges, please complete a questionnaire to provide us with feedback on the success of these challenges. The questionnaire link can be found on our social media sites.