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Community Trust

Oldham Athletic Community Trust is a charitable organisation (charity number 1120894) which was established over 25 years ago.

 

The Trust was originally established under the banner of Football in the Community with the aim to bring the professional club and their community closer together. Natural progression from Football in the Community resulted in the scheme being taken on to work alongside and under the guidance of the Football League Trust.


As a Trust we work towards three mains values – Professional, Dedicated and Inclusive.


The main areas of our work are:

 

Primary Schools:


Our coaches work daily across Oldham in various Primary Schools delivering sports such as football, futsal, handball, dodgeball, cheerleading and street cheer. We offer primary schools a variety of options:


• Breakfast clubs

• Lunchtime clubs

• Full day of PE sessions

• Half day of PE sessions

• After school clubs

 

As part of the primary school programme we offer schools a wide range of complimentary extras such as ground tours, junior tickets for pupils and visits from Oldham Athletic players. Our primary school partners for this academic year are: Canon Burrows, St Patricks, Hulme Grammar, East Crompton St George, St Annes, Royton Hall, Rushcroft, Hodgeclough, Mills Hill, Firbank, Clarksfield, Stoneleigh, Thornham St James.


Secondary Schools:


Our offer to secondary schools this year is bigger and better than ever. As we have for the past two years we continue to work with schools through the Female Football Development project (FFD) which sees OACT coaches delivering female only sessions in an effort to boost the number of females playing football regularly. We aim to work with local grassroot clubs to create pathways from these sessions into clubs to promote regular competitive opportunities for females.


In addition we also now have an alternative provision package. During the year we aim to work with every secondary school within Oldham through the Respect Our Community Awards funded project It`s Just Banter. The project aims to challenge young people’s opinions and perceptions of various modern day lifestyle issues they face. In addition to the It`s Just Banter project we also have other projects available. For more information on these please email dale.harris@oldhamathletic.co.uk.


Kicks


Kicks is a project designed to engage young people during the evening at a time where other provision within the local area may not be accessible. Our motto for the project is “providing positive opportunities through sport using local facilities for local people”. Our session delivery throughout the week is:


Monday - Werneth Youth Centre 5:30-7pm (free)

Tuesday – Broadfield 3G 6-8pm (free)

Wednesday – Mahdlo 6-8pm

Wednesday – Honeywell Centre 6-8pm

Thursday – St Martins 6:30-8:30pm (free)

Friday – Stoneleigh Park 6-8pm  (free)

Saturday – Honeywell Centre 7-9pm (free)

Saturday – PCC 6-8pm (free)


You can read more about our Kicks project and the opportunities it provides by following the links below:


http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/news/article/oldham-athletic-community-trust-kicks-project-2794403.aspx


http://www.premierleague.com/en-gb/communities/2013-14/oldham-pl-kicks-helps-local-youth-gain-qualifications.html


Take A Break


Take A Break is a weekly youth club for young people on the autistic spectrum to attend. The weekly sessions offer young people the opportunity to play sports such as football and basketball aswell as having non sporting activities on offer, we cater for a wide range of interests and likes. We actively promote the project as a project for the whole family with parents/carers welcome to stay and socialise. The sessions are every Monday, 6-8pm at Oldham Futsal Arena at a cost of £2 per session.


50Fives


Through our partnership with Oldham Community Leisure we currently deliver two football sessions per week for those aged 50+. The sessions are held on a Monday at Saddleworth Pool and on a Tuesday at Oldham Sports Centre, both at a time of 6-7pm. These sessions are more competitive than the popular walking football sessions, with normal football rules applying. For more information on prices for this session please call OCL on 0161 621 3200.


Community Football/Dance


Recently we have rebranded our previously named development centres; these are now our community football sessions. Currently we have:


Community 8s – Wednesday 6-7pm, Crompton House Sports Hall.

Community 9s – Tuesday 5-6pm, Oldham Academy North Sports Hall.

Community 10s – Monday 6-7pm, Oldham Academy North Sports Hall.

Community 11s – Monday 5-6pm, Oldham Academy North Sports Hall.


All of the sessions are charged at £10 per month with an emphasis on small sided games, invididual skill/creativity and most importantly fun. For more information on our community football sessions please email phil.mcgrath@oldhamathletic.co.uk.


We also hold a weekly dance class which takes place on a Tuesday evening, 6-8pm at Oldham Academy North at a cost of £2 per week. The sessions are based around Street Cheer, a mix of cheerleading and street dancing. The group, which is named The Street Jammers, dance on the pitch prior to Oldham Athletic fixtures and is for those aged 6-14. For more information on our street jammers dance group please email Samantha.omara@oldhamathletic.co.uk.


Matchday


Every match day we run projects such as the JD Williams Match Day Club and the JD Williams Team Of The Week. Both projects are designed to give young fans a chance to watch Oldham Athletic with a slightly different experience. The match day club runs prior to every Saturday home fixture, from 12:30-17:30 at a cost of only £5 which also includes a ticket to the match. Match day clubbers will participate in different themed activities each week within Laticzone before watching the game fully supervised by the matchday club staff. 


This season you will also see tuck shops in the TLH Auctioneers Stand, Family & Community Stand and also in the Zen Office Stand. Here you can find all kinds of goodies which you can enjoy while watching the game. 


Holiday Clubs


During the school holidays we run our half-term holiday club in partnership with @Futsal. Our holiday clubs run from 8:30am-5:30pm costing as little as £10 per day. We provide a wide range of activities, some sporting and some non-sporting alongside additional extras such as visits from the Oldham Athletic players.


Boundary Blues


For more information on our Boundary Blues please follow the below link:


http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/fans/juniorsupporters/


As a Trust we work with a wide range of different partners to be able to deliver these activities. Our 2015/16 official partners are: Polyflor, JD Williams, Eden Creative, Rotary International, The National Autisitic Society, Oldham Council, Oldham Community Leisure, Oldham Evening Chronicle, First Choice Homes and the Respect Our Community Awards, Voluntary Action Oldham, Premier League, Manchester FA, @Futsal, McDonalds, Football League Trust, PFA. We`d like to thank all of our partners for their continued support.

 

Should you wish to find out more information on the work the Community Trust does, you can contact:


Martin Vose – Community Trust Manager – martin.vose@oldhamathletic.co.uk

Wendy Noble – Community Trust Operations Manager – wendy.noble@oldhamathletic.co.uk

  

We are on also on Twitter and Facebook

 

Facebook – www.facebook.com/OldhamAthleticCT

Twitter – www.twitter.com/OACT