Weekly Newsletter 19 February 2021

Holiday Challenges 

This week our coaches have been creating challenges to help keep children occupied during the half-term holiday. Usually, we would be holding our popular holiday football camps, but with current restrictions we are unable to do so. Instead, the Foundation has adapted to providing these challenges online, via our Facebook page- Guiseley Community Foundation- and our Instagram page- @guiseleyafccommunity. All the challenges are adaptable, so if it is too easy for some children, they can challenge themselves by making it more difficult, such as through increasing the distance they have to throw a pair of socks. These challenges are also adaptable so that children can challenge other members of their household. As well as helping to keep children active and occupied during the holidays, these challenges aim to help children become ambitious, by challenging themselves to become better at each challenge. 

 Holiday Football Camps          

Usually over the February half-term, we would be running our very popular holiday football camps. Due to the national lockdown, we are unable to do so, but Marcus, Ben and Connor are very much looking forward to the return of our holiday camps as soon as it is safe to do so! We hope to be able to run some holiday camps during the Easter break. 

Interview: Connor Thompson

When did you first become involved with the Foundation?

“I first became involved with Guiseley Community Foundation when I was 16 years old. I started volunteering at the holiday camps whilst I was playing for Guiseley Academy.” 

What is your role within the Foundation?

“My role is Head Coach. I started with an apprenticeship with the Foundation and have since progressed with my qualifications.”                                                                       

What is your favourite part of your role?

“I enjoy every aspect of my role, however I get great satisfaction from running the holiday camps. It is great to see the children having fun, learning new skills and interacting with each other.” 

How happy are you to be back at working in the community after your injury?

“It’s been a tough year for everyone with Covid, but it didn’t make it any easier for myself breaking my leg in the summer whilst playing football. It has been a long recovery process but I am pleased to now be back working and I really appreciate the support the Foundation has given me during this time.”     

  

Community Competitions

Last weekend, over 10 children took part in our online FIFA tournament. Tom was victorious once again! Meanwhile, there is still plenty of time to send in entries for our ‘Get Creative’ and Goal Celebration competitions. Details of these competitions can be found on our social media pages.