£60k cheque for Active Pilgrims
8th March 2016
United in the Community welcomed Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Trustee of the Football Conference Trust on Saturday 27th February at the Boston United fixture against Worcester City, where Lord Faulkner presented a cheque for £60,000 at half time on the pitch to Mike Hardy BUFC Chief Executive, Neil Kempster Vice Chairman and Nick Reeson Community Manager, along with participants who have benefitted from the Active Pilgrims project’s range of sporting activities.
United in the Community received this funding over three years to help support their Active Pilgrims project, which includes a variety of different sporting activities to keep local people fit and active.
“The project has attracted over 26,000 attendances to date and has offered a wide range of sports and physical activities to members in the Borough of Boston. These sporting activities have included basketball, cycling, badminton, golf, Over 50’s Walking Football, Jog group, exercise classes, rounders and football. Without funding this wouldn’t have been possible, and we would like to thank Lord Faulkner and The Football Conference Trust, The Premier League and The PFA for their continued support.” Mike Hardy, Chief Executive.
This project has also encouraged and supported members of the community to participate in training opportunities that have developed Qualified Sports Coaches and Sports Activators to enhance sporting provision in Boston. We have created 50 National Governing Body Qualified Sports Coaches in Football, Basketball and Badminton as well as 75 Sports Activators in range of sports.
Lord Faulkner commented that he was delighted to be back in Boston for such a happy and worthwhile event; “The Active Pilgrims scheme is a model of its kind, as it involves so many people – from the very young to seniors – in activities linked to the football club. II congratulate the club on which they have achieved so far, and I look forward to hearing news of further successes in the future.”
Susan O’Brien, Project Manager for the Football Conference Trust added, “the Trust tries to encourage clubs to look at different ways of being involved in their community, and we are pleased to support many different projects across the country – youth clubs, dementia projects and arts programmes as well as football and other sport. Active Pilgrims is an excellent example of a multi sport programme that can reach all sections of the local community. The number of people taking part in the project show its success.”
If you’d like more information about the variety of activities available, please visit our sports sessions page, or call (01205) 364406.