G&H backs LED Sports Community Foundation so more young people can benefit from taking part in sport
The LED Sports Community Foundation is the latest organisation to benefit from the G&H Group’s corporate social responsibility programme.
The G&H Group has donated full-size goals to the Foundation who in turn has installed them at Farsley Celtic Football Club.
This will allow the club’s youth teams – from under-7s to under-14s – and the Foundation’s youngsters to benefit from the new facilities.
The LED Sports Community Foundation helps children and young people by providing free opportunities to take part in sport.
The aim is to create positive change, raise aspirations and promote wider community participation.
The Foundation runs free access to sporting activities at a tea-time club in partnership with Bramley-based charity, Barca-Leeds.
It also works with Barca-Leeds’ NEETs (not in education, employment or training) to provide a pathway for young people.
At the Bradford District Pupil Referral Unit, the Foundation helps young people experience work, with three currently coaching sports at various primary schools in Leeds.
Graham Kelly, who is Managing Director of the G&H Group, is also an ambassador of the Foundation.
He said: “For many years we have supported local clubs and charities and the LED Sports Community Foundation is carrying out fantastic work with young people to help them through sport.
“It is vital youngsters are given opportunities to engage in sport with barriers such as cost and the need to travel being removed.
“Not only does sport get people fit and active, it promotes teamwork, discipline, commitment and dedication as well as creating life-long friendships.
“Sport is well known for helping those who have lost their way to get back on track and really inspire them to make something of their lives.”
Director, David Jackson, founded the LED Sports and Community Foundation following a career in the police where he saw first-hand the problems caused by a lack of opportunities for young people to take part in activities like sport.
He said: “Support from businesses like the G&H Group makes our work possible and we are looking for other organisations to get involved so further access to free sporting activities and more opportunities to increase the life chances of young people can be offered.
“Our desire is to grow our involvement within communities and to increase participation from hard to reach groups to include individuals who would ordinarily be unable to afford to get involved.
“As well as offering free sports clubs, we want to provide young people with an alternative to crime and anti-social behaviour and prepare them for work.
“In the process, this enhances their health both physically and mentally by boosting their self-esteem and giving them something to aspire to.”
Photograph: Managing Director of G&H Group, Graham Kelly (second left) with LED Sports Community Foundation’s Andy Goddard, John Thornton and David Jackson by the goals that have been donated.