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At Oldham Athletic Community Trust, we run numerous community based projects across the town of Oldham.

To find out more about our projects, check out the information below by opening the drop boxes to read more. 

Contact enquiries@oact.org.uk to find out more about all our community based projects.

OACT Community Projects

What is Premier League Kicks?
Premier League Kicks is a national programme funded by the Premier League, which looks to promote and provide young people with opportunities in areas with a high need, using sport as a tool to drive this forward. To provide opportunities for young people to develop their skills and confidence and support young people to progress into positive pathways.

The Oldham Athletic Community Trust will look to do this throughout the borough of Oldham through FREE sessions open to anyone aged 8 to 16.

Who is it for?
Anybody between the ages 8-16.

OACT Promise:

  • Use sport as a tool to create safe and inclusive environments to engage the youth.
  • Provide opportunities to represent Oldham at competitions.
  • Provide opportunities for participants to become volunteer workers, leading to coaching badges and qualifications, and potential paid work.
  • Every session will have a safe and inclusive environment for the different activities.
  • Provide pathways for participants to join local community clubs/ teams.

Our Sessions:

Day Time Venue Partners Activity
Monday 5-6pm Honeywell Centre Premier League Football
Thursday 5-7pm St Martins Junior Infant & Nursery School (4G pitch) Premier League Football
Thursday  6-7:30pm Sholver Youth Centre Full Circle Multisports, Youth Club
Friday 6-7:30pm Yew Tree Youth Club Full Circle Multisports, Youth Club
Friday 7-8pm Avro FC Premier League Girls Only Football
Friday 6-9pm Co-op Academy Failsworth Oldham Youth Service & Positive Steps Football & Multisports

 

Oldham Athletic Community Trust are extremely grateful for the service of our country by our local armed forces veterans. We support our local military veterans through free weekly football and boxing sessions that help to maintain good physical and mental health.

Our local veterans can meet and engage with others that have served our country, ensuring they continue to feel part of a team after their service. Oldham Athletic Military Veterans can participate in football fixtures against other veterans’ football teams such as Burnley, Rochdale and Manchester City.

Oldham Athletic Military Veterans Football is every Monday 8-9pm at Avro FC, Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Oldham, OL8 3JH

Oldham Athletic Military Veterans Boxing is every Thursday 8-9pm at FOX ABC, Vestacare Stadium, Whitebank Road, Oldham, OL8 3JH

On Tuesday evenings, we run a women’s only over 30’s football session at The Honeywell Centre. This session allows women to participate in physical activity for free in a safe and secure environment with other women.

This is advertised as a Just Play session, it is simply a football wellbeing session for any woman over 30 regardless of ability. Our sessions are fun, lively and welcoming and are brilliant for anyone who is interested in playing football in an environment free of judgement.

Women’s Over 30 Football play every Tuesday 8-9pm at Honeywell Centre, OL8 3BP, Oldham.

We support Oldham Bethnal Church by hosting a FREE weekly football session for refugees, asylum seekers and those on low income every Thursday evening. Open to anyone who is over 16, we welcome any ability and have no upper age limit. Community Football is provided in association with Oldham Bethel Church, who can help to provide boots and kit for those that need it most for the sessions.

It is a great opportunity to engage in physical activity with people from a variety of backgrounds in a fun and enjoyable environment.

Community Football is every Thursday 8pm - 9:30pm at Broadfield Primary School, Goddard Street, OL8 1LH.

 

Earlier this year Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) launched the third ‘Food For Thought’ initiative, as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative provides local schools with the opportunity to access up to £200 in shopping vouchers to support families and pupils in need within their local community. 

Since January 2021 nearly £3,000 has been distributed to local schools, with support received from the players, staff & directors at Oldham Athletic Football Club. 

So far 16 schools have applied, and then received vouchers, to aid their school community through the Covid-19 pandemic. 

One such school to access the Food For Thought initiative is Werneth Primary School.   

Werneth Primary School, a current OACT school partner, have used their vouchers in partnership with The Magic Breakfast to re-launch the Werneth Primary School Foodbank. 

Jonathan Bell, Werneth Primary School Principal said; "We know that so many families have been affected by the pandemic. Parents and carers have found themselves unemployed or with reduced incomes through no fault of their own.

"It’s heart-breaking to see the impact of this on families across the borough, so we are incredibly grateful to Martin and OACT for supporting the Werneth Primary School Foodbank and helping us to provide a community hub at a time of need." 

In addition to the above foodbank at Werneth Primary School, there have been other fantastic ideas supported through the use of the vouchers. 

St Hughs Primary School will be using the vouchers to provide a breakfast club for pupils. 

Bale Vale Primary School will be using the vouchers to run a “no cook” cooking club, after school club. The school will be teaching children the skills to prepare cheaper & easy meals, developing children to try and taste different foods teaching skills for the future. 

Freehold Academy will be using the vouchers to assist with their own foodbank, recently created at the school. 

Westwood Academy will use the vouchers to continue to support of their most vulnerable families. The academy are currently providing 38 families with weekly breakfast supplies from Magic Breakfast which will continue until the end of the Spring Term. The vouchers would provide the money for children to receive three healthy meals a day. In addition to this, it will ensure that the parents can feed themselves as well as their children, as recent research has shown that parents are going without food to feed their children.         

Martin Vose, OACT Head of Community, commented: "Due to the support received from our fantastic partners, such as Oldham Athletic Football Club, we are proud to support our school network as communities across the borough continue to be effected by Covid-19. Together, we will continue to support those in need."

Food For Thought Partner Schools: 
Woodlands, Hey with Zion, St Pauls , Cannon Burrows, Fir Bank, St Annes Royton, Westwood, Royton Hall, Mills Hill, Holy Cross, Holy Family, Mather Street, St Hughs, Beal Vale, Freehold & Willowpark.

What Do You Need To Know About The Programme?

Training Ground helped open the door to Employment Education or Training!

We helped improve physical and mental health of our participants through out the programme. Each participant assigned a dedicated mentor to provide all the support they needed to gain the knowledge and understanding to kickstart their career.

The programme was based at Boundary Park between May 2021 and November 2021, the home of Oldham Athletic and presented an opportunity to gain accredited skills and qualifications combined with increased personal development. The skill and qualification included:

  • Digital Skills for Pre-employability Award
  • Behaviours, Attitudes & Attributes for Work Award
  • Health & Safety Award
  • Money Management Award
  • Customer Service Principles Award
  • Functional Skills English & Maths up-to level two.

The programme included workshops covering the following development areas:

  • Resilience
  • Physical Activity
  • Weekly Mentoring
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Employability Skills

There was also an opportunity for all participants to complete an additional optional vocational qualification in Business Administration, Hospitality or Spectator Safety.

Watch the feedback from current particpant, Declan, below:

For more information, visit: 

www.efltrust.com/trainingground/

www.youthfuturesfoundation.org

Oldham Athletic Community Trust are delighted to announce an extension to our ‘Never Alone’ initiative through funding from ‘The Ideas Fund’!

The Ideas Fund has recently announced the 42 projects it will be funding following the first round of grant applications received earlier this year. The initial application round received a total of 146 applications with 42 projects having now been selected to receive funding. The projects feature a broad range of topics from sport, nature and nutrition to issues faced by disabled, refugee and LGBTQ+ communities.

The Ideas Fund is a new grants scheme, run by the British Science Association and funded by the Welcome Trust, that enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing through collaborating with professional researchers.

The initial application round received a total of 146 applications with 42 projects having now been selected to receive funding. The projects feature a broad range of topics from sport, nature and nutrition to issues faced by disabled, refugee and LGBTQ+ communities.

Oldham Athletic Community Trust, in conjunction with Oldham Athletic supporting academics at the Universities of Leeds and Reading, have successfully been awarded a grant from The Ideas Fund, enabling them to enhance the Never Alone provision.

Never Alone:

Never Alone focuses on providing activity for those either currently retired or approaching retirement, providing a social environment using the power of football to engage. Across 6 sessions the group will combine watching, and discussing, historical Oldham Athletic football matches along as utilising local parks to stay physically active through scheduled group walks.

Martin Vose, OACT Head of Community, commented: “We are excited to continue our never alone project and thanks to the Ideas Fund being able to further enhance the initiative.

We aim use the power of football and physical activity to bring together a community of individuals to form a social group. We will take a look back in time at Oldham Athletic matches from years gone by, creating opportunities to talk and discuss life events that link into that game(s).”  

The project will be split over two cohorts, with the first project schedule being:

  • October 19th – project launch at Boundary Park. Prior to the Oldham Athletic v Walsall fixture we will watch an historic Oldham Athletic fixture before staying as a group to watch the following Sky Bet League Two match.
  • October (date TBC) – physical activity opportunity.
  • November (date TBC) – an opportunity to watch an historic Oldham Athletic fixture at Boundary Park on a non-matchday.
  • November (date TBC) - physical activity opportunity.
  • December 7th – an opportunity to meet as a group prior to the Oldham Athletic v Tranmere Rovers fixture at Boundary Park.
  • December (date TBC) – Christmas celebration.

In total, nine projects have been granted funding totalling £319,000 which are listed below:

  • Pennine Mencap
  • The Proud Trust
  • New Bridge Group
  • Oldham Libraries
  • Get up and Grow
  • Oldham Athletics Community Trust
  • Oldham Coliseum Theatre
  • Renaissance Oldham CIC

For further details, or to register your place on the course, email Peter.Boase@OACT.org.uk.