Supporting small scale local projects that create connections and bring people together.
We are holding a community cohesion through sports as part of the 30th Anniversary of Black History Month celebrations between 23-27 October 2017 at the Sporting Village, Basildon, Essex. We will be offering sessions in the sports with the supervision of trained and qualified coaches: Basketball, Vollyball, Football and Athletics. We wanted to help improve the quality of life for our community. This project has therefor been designed to be fun, easy to engage with, and is open for EVERYBODY to participate, no matter your level of fitness or talent. There will be five categories for participants for each sport: 1. Veterans 40+, 2. Men's (over 16's), 3. Women (over 16's), 4. under 16 (boys/girls). This may vary dependant on those registered. The main purpose of this project is to promote active engagement within our growing multicultural and diversity community that our borough is becoming. It's time for the community to get together for a festival of fitness, wellbeing and inclusion.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This is a great idea because sports is contact based which is also known to be good for stress relief and helping people to work together as a team. The idea is that cohesion and team work techniques will be taught as part of the coaching. Participants will then be expected to put to practice what they have been taught in sports into the community. They will also be asked to provide their understanding and views on what they have learnt. Participants can be taught how to use sports as an alternative to acts of crime such hate related actions and controlling of anger. The project aims to address grassroots problems in the local community whilst improving health and wellbeing and allow for wider participation. The campaign aims to make sure our community brings together the true diversity of the borough whilst engaging more underrepresented groups, in isolation and help vulnerable communities to become more included. We have long-term goals of enabling wider future participation.
Steps to get it done:
This project will be delivered as part of celebrations for the 30th Celebration of Black History Month in Basildon. The series of celebrations events throughout October are supported by Basildon Council and wider community.
About the space
Basildon is a prosperous business location and has in recent years seen significant inward investment and jobs growth. Throughout Basildon there are major developments planned. There has been an increase in ethnic minority groups moving into Basildon. This has lead to a higher increase in community tensions. Brexit and the recent events have contri
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