Stockport County Community Foundation are pleased to announce the further developments with the ‘Goalz Project’, within
the Buxton area.
The National League 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 participants active, help develop
football and life skills for young adults and to give participants a sense of
fulfilment, enjoyment and belonging.
The project is continually growing
significantly with 30-40 participants, from the ages of 10-19 years old,
attending every Wednesday and Friday night. Thus, The National League Trust helped provide funds in order to create specialised Stockport
County Community Foundation ‘Goalz’ training jackets for all the players who
regularly attended the project's sessions. This has also particularly helped to give both the players and the project a stronger sense of purpose and identity.
Additionally, The Goalz Project has also
helped one of their participants make the transition from player to coach. The
project helped support and teach Jamie Waller, of 18 years old, the correct
procedures and disciplines on becoming a football coach. Jamie is now a member
of the Stockport County Community Foundation coaching team and helps deliver sessions
for the Goalz Project every Wednesday and Friday night. Jamie has thrived in
his new role as a football coach for the project, with Jamie equally pleased, as
the project will also help him improve for him to achieve his dream job as a
secondary PE teacher.
The Goalz Project also recently
selected an under 14’s team to participate in the Stockport County Community
Foundation tournament. The team performed brilliantly and managed to reach the
final of the tournament, however, they just missed out on a winner’s medal with
a 1-0 loss to Spurley Hey.
Furthermore, the Goalz Project also
selected a team of a mix of 13, 14, 15 and 16 year olds to play Alan Lord’s
under 16’s from his ‘Pro Football Academy’. The match itself was played in the
right spirit with both teams playing some brilliant and entertaining football.
The Goalz Project have also helped
provide a pathway for their young participants to pursue a higher level of football.
At least 8 players from the project have been referred and now train with Alan
Lord’s ‘Pro Football Academy’. Alan Lord himself recently visited the Goalz
Project and complimented the whole ethos and structure of the project, as well
as, the participants attitude and footballing ability.
Head of the Goalz Project and
Stockport County Community Foundation coach Joshua Rigby-Bates had this to say
regarding the project's continual improvements: "I would like to thank The National
League Trust and High Peak Borough Council, along with the players who attend
and our other coaches who deliver the sessions. Thanks to your commitment and
help, this project keeps on going from strength to strength, in order to help and advance the youngsters within the Derbyshire area"
If you would like to know more about our Goalz Project please contact; firstname.lastname@example.org