A Sporting Chance
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy visited members of The Meadows this week and presented them with tickets to enjoy Team GB at Old Trafford later this week.
The tickets have been donated by StreetGames’ Give & Go initiative which aims to give young people the opportunity to watch professional sport, probably for the first time in the lives.
Danielle Morris, aged 19 from The Meadows said “It’s really exciting to be actually going to the Olympics – a once in a lifetime opportunity. Team GB to win 2-1″.
Lisa Nandy said “2012 is an exciting year for British sport and we hope the legacy of the London Olympic long continues. Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust works hard to give young people sporting opportunities in our communities. This not only provides them with a healthy pastime but opens doors to a future career. I’m delighted to be involved and present three individuals with tickets to enjoy a professional game of football in Manchester for the first time in their lives”
Chris Essex-Crosby, Community Sports Development Manager, “It’s great that our local MP, Lisa Nandy, visited the project to see for herself the great work we are doing and the enthusiasm of the young people. We are fortunate to have some tickets for a major British sporting event through StreetGames’ Give and Go campaign, so Lisa gave them out to some young people”
Jane Ashworth, chief executive of StreetGames, “StreetGames’ Give & Go campaign will allow hundreds of young people to enjoy live professional sporting events throughout this sensational Summer Of Sport - probably for the first time in their lives. As a charity we deliver sporting opportunities to young people in disadvantage communities providing them with a sporting chance and inspiring them to change their lives for the better. The Olympic Games is a perfect vehicle to offer StreetGames participant a once in a life time experience.”
The Meadows children and young people’s centre has been open since 27th October 2010, the centre is based within the local community of Worsley Hall in Wigan, offering a base for young people positive activities and opportunities for the wider community. Specifically designed as a multi function building with a large main room, arts room kitchen and coffee bar area, DJ/MC area and games room. The building can accommodate youth groups and clubs, community groups such as mums and tots, and learning classes. Currently the Meadows is used to as a borough wide venue to enable various projects with young people to take place in an area designed by young people for young people and the community. Wigan Councils Boroughwide Voice and Engagement team work closely with partner agencies, including WLCT Sports Department and Westfield Sure Start Centre; to create a varied programme of weekly activates and one off events which provide a safe, supportive informal leisure and learning environment within the Meadows.
The centre is also available for hire by Individuals/community groups/external agencies by contacting 01942 486111.