West Sussex County Council has awarded a £15,000 Members’ Big Society grant to a unique football project in the east Worthing area to be run by Brighton and Hove Albion.
‘Albion Goals’ is aimed at young people known as NEET’s because they are not in any form of Education, Employment or Training.
The grant will help pay for a series of football sessions at Kitty’s Field recreation ground in the heart of the east Worthing area.
The sessions are designed to act as a springboard to encourage the young people into opportunities based around training and apprenticeships.
At every soccer session time will be provided for ‘stepping stones to employment’ – a mentoring service for those trying to get into work.
The scheme is being run by Albion In the Community – the football club’s charitable foundation.
Michael Brown, West Sussex Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, who approved the grant, said: “The scheme is based around using the ‘power of football’, and I was delighted to support it because it fits in well with the aims of the Big Society and Active Communities.
“The project has been identified for the area due to a rise in anti-social behaviour and also in the claiming rate for Job Seekers Allowance being 4 per cent compared with a county average of 2.4 per cent.”
The funding will pay for coaching, equipment, promotional material, medals and certificates.
The grant is one of 14 totalling £103,000 being made across the county from the Members’ Big Society fund – set-up to support significant schemes that are backed by local area county councillors and will have community benefits.