Over the summer holidays, local charity Foundation 92 has been helping disadvantaged children across Greater Manchester to access inclusive exercise and activities, as well as providing healthy food for those who would normally receive free school meals.
Working alongside Manchester City Council, Salford City Council and Trafford Council, Foundation 92 has successfully delivered free-to-access Holiday Activity Fund clubs at 11 different locations across the city, supporting up to 60 children per location who face adversity and inequality through no fault of their own.
From Monday to Friday each week, children have taken part in multi-sport activities, arts, crafts and specialist youth work, as well as receiving a free, healthy meal. Foundation 92’s 5,000th activity of the summer was marked with a small celebration at the Aquarius Centre in Hulme.
Throughout the summer, Foundation 92 has provided 5,000 free places to children, putting them at the forefront of Holiday Activity Fund delivery across Greater Manchester. The scheme has only been made possible through support and funding from the Department for Education and local authorities, as well as the campaigning of footballer Marcus Rashford MBE.
Foundation 92 is the official charitable partner of Salford City FC, owned and founded by the celebrated Class of 92. The foundation works with communities across Greater Manchester to promote sports & physical activity; health & wellbeing; education & employability and inclusion.
Tom Hutton, Head of Foundation 92, said:
“Many children across Greater Manchester have suffered more than most over the past 18 months, without normal opportunities to socialise with friends, take part in activities and ultimately learn new things that are essential for development.
“That’s why schemes like the Holiday Activity Fund are more important than ever. Children across the city region deserve a wide range of positive experiences throughout their childhood, in and outside of school, which is why projects like the Holiday Activity Fund are so crucial.”
One of Foundation 92’s most popular summer camps delivered through the Holiday Activity Fund has been based at the Aquarius Centre in Hulme, with an average of 40 local children attending every day. In a further social value investment, free meals have been provided by local Community Interest Company 4CT Limited, who offer employment to ex-offenders.
Manchester City Council’s Chief Executive, Joanne Roney, said:
“The Holiday Activity Fund has been a huge success across Manchester this year – keeping thousands of young people active, engaged and eating healthily, over what can be challenging Summer months for many families.
“As one of Manchester City Council’s key delivery partners for the Holiday Activity Fund, Foundation 92 has done a fantastic job in entertaining, inspiring and educating around 5,000 young people across the city this Summer.”