Funding for multi-sports programme guaranteed until mid 2014

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Councillor Deakins with PTC Sports members and kids from the Orchard Estate Councillor Deakins with PTC Sports members and kids from the Orchard Estate

A sporting project aimed at youngsters living on a deprived estate has been re-launched after closing earlier this year.

The multi-sports programme for children and teenagers living on the Orchard Estate in Broadmead Road, Woodford Green, will deliver new weekly sporting sessions every Thursday evening.

In 2012, the Area 2 Committee agreed £3,000 worth of funding to be spent on a sporting project for children on the estate, which was delivered by Leyton Orient FC.

However, earlier this year, the project was cancelled as Orient were unable to continue running the project.

Only one sixth of the budget (£500) had been spent on the scheme, and therefore the remaining £2,500 has now been earmarked to re-launch the kids programme on the estate. 

According to the Council’s Resident Engagement Officer, Trudy Shortnose, the programme is guaranteed until at least mid 2014. 

The new weekly sessions will be delivered by PTC sports, a sports coaching company for communities and schools.

Cllr Gwyneth Deakins of Roding Ward said: ‘I’m really pleased that we have been able to restart the sports project on the Orchard Estate. 

"I have always strongly supported the project because it’s so important that youngsters on this Estate have a constructive outlet for their energy.

"It’s great that PCT Sports have come in to run the sessions and some of the boys’ football skills are fantastic."

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