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TFC & Turnaround launch community scheme for young peopl

Tuesday Sep 1, 2009

Tamworth Football Club is pleased to announce a brand new partnership which will offer a range of fantastic opportunities to young people across Tamworth. The club will be joining forces with Turnaround, an initiative started in 2007 by the Tamworth police and the Community and Learning Partnerships. 

Other organisations involved include the Connexions service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) parent support workers, T3, Tamworth Borough Council and Barnado's. The project aims to support young people, particularly those who are vulnerable or at risk, by providing education and activities.

For Tamworth Football Club, being involved in this project is the perfect chance to give back to the community which supported us to victory last season. Tamworth players and club officials will be visiting schools around the area to promote messages such as the Respect agenda, healthy living and active lifestyle, as well as team work. There will also be the opportunity for guided tours of The Lamb. In addition, a number of junior and senior school pupils across the town will receive free home game tickets, and the club will be giving footballs during the season. Senior school pupils will also benefit from talks about bullying, alcohol, drugs and knife crime, plus team building days.

For young people over 14 years who have been nominated by the partnership there are also a variety of volunteering opportunities on offer. These range from stewarding and hospitality roles, to pitch management and referee training. There is even the chance for talented footballers to attend first team training. Many of these programmes include the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification, either BTEC or NVQ. Each volunteering position is designed to give participants confidence and team working abilities, as well as recognised skills which they can use now and in the future.

Turnaround's progress will be reported in the TFC match day programme, and updates can also be found on the club's official website: www.thelambs.co.uk.

PC Scott Bradbury of Turnaround said "this is an excellent opportunity for both Turnaround and Tamworth Football Club to work closely with the young people of Tamworth and to offer the young people something different. This is the first time that a project like this has run in Tamworth and I see no reason why this can't carry on for many years to come." Members of the Turnaround Team will be visiting local schools in September in order to offer the students an opportunity to take part in this new community project.

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