Community Competitions        

Last weekend’s online FIFA tournaments were another success. 15 children took part across the two tournaments, including people who hadn’t competed in previous tournaments. The Foundation would like to congratulate Tom for winning both the Xbox and PlayStation tournaments. This achievement is made even better by the fact that Tom is taking part in the tournaments despite being in Macau currently, where there is an 8-hour time difference!                                                                         

In the past week the Foundation has also launched a ‘goal celebration’ competition, challenging members of the community to send in their best goal celebrations. Entries can be an imitation of a famous goal celebration or can be original. We ask that entries are sent to our social media pages, and there will be prizes for the best celebrations.   

Lockdown Activities                    

As well as our own lockdown challenges and competitions, we have been sharing content from other organisations also, such as Ping Pong For U and Premier League Communities. Ping Pong For U provides adapted challenges which people of all ages and abilities can complete at home. These activities use Ping-Pong as a vehicle to keep people active during lockdown. Whilst also emphasising the importance of keeping active during lockdown, Premier League Communities provides free teaching resources through the Premier League Primary Stars initiative, which really help with the home-schooling of children in key stages 1 and 2. Resources include worksheets for Maths and Literacy, as well as talks and challenges from celebrities such as Roman Kemp. Other activities include PSHE worksheets, enabling children to easily discuss their feelings, which is crucial during these testing times.   

Eco School Challenge                 

The Foundation is planning on setting up an Eco-focused group within each of our four partner schools. The aim of these groups is to look at the school community and how to make it a cleaner and tidier environment for both the children and the adults within the school community. This could involve cleaning up the school site through litter picking. The main goal of the project is to get each school on the road to collecting their ‘Green Flag’ award from Keep Britain Tidy, whilst collecting the several other flags which each school can collect on their way to the ‘Green Flag’. Once restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so, we aim to get each school to come together and work alongside local community groups, such as AVSED, to make their areas tidier and more environmentally friendly. 

Interview: Steve Taylor                

When did you first become involved with the Foundation?

“I started my role with Guiseley Community Foundation in August 2016. Having had experience in this sector before, I have really enjoyed helping the Community Foundation grow.”                                                    

What is your role within the Foundation?

“I am Community Development Manager- I oversee the day-to-day running of the Foundation. My job is to work with the key stakeholders such as the National League Trust, the Premier League, local schools and West Yorkshire Police, to develop programmes of work that will benefit people of all ages in the local community.”                                                                                      

What is your favourite part of your role?

“There are so many things, but this last year in particular will resonate with me as during these difficult times, it has been amazing to see how we, as a foundation, have changed the way we usually operate in order to support those in the community who need it most. In doing so, our service offering has developed greatly, for instance we are about to start new projects working with new organisations which will enhance our profile further.”