Junior Football Coordinator Kyle Lord reviews the year 2018.
Firstly, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all you Silkmen supporters and to all our local partners – here’s to a successful 2019 for you all, starting tomorrow with a big derby v Port Vale and hopefully a big 3 points for Sol’s men! 2018 has been a great year for the Community Sports Trust (CST) whether it be on the pitch or off it, here’s a look at some of the things we did.
Healthy Hearts Workshops
As you will have seen in recent programmes, we currently went into our second year of funding from The National League Trust. This has helped us to deliver our workshops to many classes from different schools in the local are. We’d like to thank Adelphi Solutions Group, Bollington for their continued support of this health initiative.
Care Homes (M.A.G.I.C programme)
Movement and Games in Chairs (M.A.G.I.C) programme has had another successful year in 2018 as our Community Participation Officers have frequently been visiting elderly residents suffering from Dementia to keep them fit and healthy through a different variety of activities that have helped physically through the Movement and Games and mentally through some of our tricky quizzes.
After School Club
Every day we attend different after school clubs throughout the Cheshire East area. These are very keenly attended and have been very successful throughout 2018. We run different activities such as Multi Sports, Football, Girls Only Football, Athletics and Premier League Primary Stars after school clubs.
Premier League Primary Stars (PLPS)
PLPS sessions are probably our most successful programmes that we run, with thanks to the EFL Trust our funding has allowed us to purchase a range of equipment that has significantly improved our PLPS sessions throughout 2018. We have so far delivered to 10 different classes and between October Half Term and the Christmas Holidays we delivered 7 sessions a week to different classes from Year 4 to Year 6 at local schools.
Macclesfield Football Academy (MFA)
MFA has been very successful throughout 2018, I have had the pleasure of managing the side since February and it’s great to have such a great set of players at All Hallows’ Catholic College, we reached the 3rd round of the National Cup which is a great achievement and our league standing to date is one to be really proud of.
Little Strikers has been a huge success this year, we have seen an influx in participation levels across our partner nurseries and we’re really proud to be helping nursery children learn vital functional skills to help them progress as they look to progress to Primary Education.
The promotion into the English Football League was a massive boost for not only the Club but for us as well as we saw an increase in funding which has allowed us to purchase a variety of equipment which has seen us improve our quality of sessions. The appointment of Sol Campbell as manager has really lifted the morale of the club and we are right behind him and the lads in trying to secure the EFL status for another year!