Abraham Moss Warriors Junior Football is based in Cheetham Hill, an area which is in the bottom 2% of the most deprived areas in the country. The club endeavours to provide a safe environment away from gangs and other forms of anti-social behaviour for young people to be physically active. They currently offer football sessions to children of 47 different nationalities.
The club goes beyond simply providing a place for children to play football, it has become part of the local community. In addition to football, they run activity sessions for the rest of the family at the same time. Much of the clubs work has come off the back of listening to what local people want and is part of the reason for over 450 people taking part in activities every week. This has led to male and female only sports sessions, lessons on how to ride a bike for both adults and children and multi-sport sessions. Furthermore, they offer homework clubs and healthy eating advice to support member’s lead healthy lives.
In order to further develop the club June Kelly, club chairman, has joined with Sported to develop the clubs vision and the opportunities it provides. Sported has provided the club with a volunteer business mentor which has allowed them to gain almost £80,000 in funding and create a five-year plan. This has allowed June to plan for the future which has demonstrated to funders how grants would be utilised and the impact it would have on the club. This gives funders confidence in the success of the projects and therefore they are more likely to invest, this has led to the club securing over £55,000 from Children in Need over 3 years as well as £13,750 for the development of its Warriors Club Development programme. This support has, in turn, supported 140 young people to become involved with the club and 16 to gain a recognised qualification.
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