Stockport County Community Foundation ‘Goalz project’ recently selected a team to travel to Burton to play a friendly match against a Burton Albion Community Trust team. It was a fantastic match for both teams and a great showcase for grassroots football.
The Football Conference Trust funded ‘Goalz Project’ has been run by Stockport County Community Foundation for the past few years in partnership with High Peak Borough Council. The project delivers football sessions every Wednesday and Friday night between the hours of 6-8pm. The sessions are free of charge and target local children aged 10-19 years old within the Buxton area. The aim is to help keep kids active, help develop football and life skills for young adults and give the participants a sense of fulfilment, enjoyment and belonging.
The football sessions are all delivered by Stockport County Community Foundation with our aim to deliver ‘structured coaching sessions’ and ‘fun small sided games’. The project has grown significantly with 20-30 participants, from the ages of 10-19 years old, attending every Wednesday and Friday night session. Due to the ongoing commitment of the local participants Stockport County Community Foundation was able to organise a friendly match against a team from Burton Albion Community Trust.
The match itself was played in the right spirit with both teams playing some brilliant and entertaining football. Better still the Foundation team won 8-5 with six goals coming from Josh Moss, one from Sam Butler and the last coming from Luke O’Meara. The boys produced a sterling team effort and an overall complete performance.
Head of the ‘Goalz project’ and a Stockport County Community Foundation coach Joshua Rigby-Bates said ‘I am extremely proud of the boys not just because of the performance but also because of the way they conducted themselves in a professional manner. Most of the players that played have been a part of the project for a year or so and all their efforts and commitment towards the project is paying off. Hopefully we can keep moving forwards and provide more games with other Community teams.’
Special thanks must go to the Burton Albion Community Trust team for helping organise the friendly and allowing us the use of their facilities. Also a massive thank-you to all the Stockport County Community Foundation staff that helped organise and assist in the provision of the friendly.
If you would like to know more about our ‘Goalz project’ please contact Joshbates1989@hotmail.co.uk