Essex Boys and Girls Clubs have worked in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation for many years. We are delighted that the Foundation have decided to support our extensive Sporting Events Programme for 2016, enhancing our traditional annual Activity Calendar to raise participation.
In 2014/2015, 1,000 young people attended events across 25 different events staged. With the help of the Jack Petchey Foundation, we aim to increase this attendance to 1,200 young people in 2015/2016 and provide the opportunity for 10 clubs to take part whose members have not attended any events in recent years.
Why is this project important?
Increased sporting participation not only impacts on club members’ fitness, health and wellbeing but also improves life skills such as teamwork and leadership, self-esteem and confidence to meet new people, and resilience built by feeling part of a supportive community. Club leaders also see positive benefits of attending events where they have the chance to network with like-minded volunteers.
What does the funding pay for?
The Jack Petchey Foundation’s support has enabled us to assigned a dedicated project officer to engage and recruit clubs to attend. The funding also covers the costs of some of the events, including allowing venue upgrades and an incentive scheme consisting of goody bags for attendees and active rewards for clubs with highest attendance.
Which events are included in the programme?
In 2016 there are three Gold Series Events – the 5-a-side Football Tournament, the National Cross- Country Championship and the County Table Tennis Tournament. Attendees at one of these events will each receive a T-shirt and a goody bag. Young people who attend at least two of our Regular Events listed below will receive a T-shirt and a goody bag.
- 100 Mile Canoe Test
- Boxing Championships
- Cricket Camp
- Laser Tag
- Stubbers Activity Days
- Shooting Competition
- Easter Cup
- Adventure Weekend
- Angling Competition
About the Jack Petchey Foundation
The Jack Petchey Foundation supports young people, aged 11–25, in London and Essex to achieve their potential by inspiring, investing in, developing and promoting activities that increase their personal, social, emotional and physical development.