On Saturday 27th November Oldham Community Leisure, Oldham Athletic Community Trust, Street Games and Community 1st Oldham are bringing a day of free fun activities to Oldham Town Centre to raise awareness of health and sport projects across the borough.
The event marks the official launch of Street Games in Oldham. StreetGames is a groundbreaking national charity which develops sport with disadvantaged communities and makes sport accessible to young people regardless of their social circumstances. Joint funding from them, Community 1st Oldham and Sport4Life is bringing more opportunities for the young people of Oldham to access sports.
Initiatives so far include:
- Increased boxing sessions
- Cheaper access to Striker 9
- Discounts for the OCL mobile climbing tower
- Netball leagues and coaching
- Basketball coaching and leagues to follow
- Multi sports opportunities at local schools
- Indoor climbing with Oldham Climbing Club
- Outdoor climbing for local ACCESS participants
More opportunities will follow next year.
The day of fun activities will include free climbing on the OCL mobile climbing tower, football demonstrations and keep up competitions from the Kickz and Striker 9 Projects and the Street Cheer Girls will be providing demonstrations. Chaddy the OWL will also be in attendance.
Mike Tait (Assistant Chief Executive of OCL) said, “In a time of cuts, cuts and more cuts some good news is most welcome. This funding is critical to increase opportunities for people throughout Oldham to participate in many sports, and to keep costs down in a number of others so that price is not a barrier for people to get and stay active. The health issues in Oldham cannot be neglected in a time of tight budgets and a harsh economy.”