Peterborough United and the Community

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Deeping Diamonds

You will certainly know Peterborough United for their talented football players and the ABAX stadium, but are you aware of their participation within the community and the Posh Foundation? They focus on four main factors:  education, social inclusion/community cohesion, sports participation and health.

Education

Posh are aware that not everyone has the opportunity to have a good education in life, therefore they go out of their way to deliver interactive lessons in numeracy, literacy, enterprise and environmental activities in primary & secondary schools. As well as this, they are in partnership with PRC, where they have a football and education development centre, holding weekly fixtures against other colleges.

PUFC also work with Peterborough City Council’s children services, and hold a 10 week training programme for ethnically diverse under 15’s.

Social Inclusion and Community Cohesion

PUFC work alongside Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Councils Youth Offending Team to deliver coaching sessions to 10-18 year olds.  Police figures have shown a reduction in anti social behaviour of 35% and overall crime of 30% on the evenings of these sessions.

On average, 120 young people attend tournaments in the school holidays, which accounts for over 400 unique players

Sports Participation

A range of sports are delivered to schools during curriculum time and after-school in sports such as: football, tag rugby, cricket and many more. They also hold soccer schools for 4-15 year olds.

PUFC have 8 development centres in Peterborough, March, Deeping, Huntingdon, Ipswich, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Elite Centre for under 7’s to under 16’s- with over 400 players.

Posh receive funding from Northants FA to deliver a coaching programme in local disabled schools from September as key deliverer for the Disability Football Development Fund Bid.

In partnership with Northants FA, NHS and Vivacity, an Adult Learning Disabilities team has been set up. Coaching sessions once per week, the team will play in local and national tournaments.

Health

Foundation coaches deliver theory and practical sessions explaining the importance of having a healthy lifestyle, the changes that occur during and after exercise and teach the children how to exercise safely.

In addition, they have a weekly coaching session for users of the Aspire Drug Treatment Service. ADTS is a community recovery resource which supports people who misuse drugs. Service users of Aspire develop life skills to help people enter education, training and employment so that each individual can build their personal recovery and reintegrate into the community. The name Aspire was chosen by service users and stands for A Service Providing Inspirational Recovery Empowerment.

Deeping Diamonds

My love of football began when I started playing for Deeping Diamonds FC. Starting at Under 9’s, I played for 7 years, playing all around the country in Cup finals and tournaments in places such as: Derby, Lincoln City, Manchester, Skegness, Blackpool etc. It was good for me to play a sport that I enjoyed with a group of friends that I enjoyed spending time with.

Having a good education and health are very important, which is why Peterborough United ensure that they help people in the Peterborough Community with these factors.  To find out more about PUFC’s community work, click here. 

Lauren George