OACT & The Guinness Partnership team up to help get children active!
The Guinness Partnership, housing association, has teamed up with Oldham Athletic Community Trust to run tailored physical activity and education sessions for primary school children.
The Guinness Partnership was founded over 130 years ago and is one of the largest affordable housing and care providers in England. Guinness is committed to improving people’s lives by providing as many high quality affordable homes as possible, and the housing and care services that customers most need.
The funding from Guinness will enable the scheme to operate in 12 primary schools in Oldham from September. Each school will be visited by a member of staff from OACT across the next school year.
Schools can choose how they would like to benefit, from running large class-based sports sessions to working with smaller groups of children with special educational needs to build their confidence.
Education sessions will also be held, focussing on key issues such as recycling, safety near tram and train lines, and online bullying.
It has all been made possible thanks to a £9,500 donation from Guinness.
"This partnership between Guinness and Oldham Athletic Community Trust is going to be of significant benefit to both Guinness customers and the wider community,” It is a fantastic way to help children get together and get active, as we cautiously emerge from a more isolated and inactive lifestyle due to the coronavirus lockdowns."
"We are delighted to be working alongside The Guinness Partnership to further extend our school-based delivery.Following such a difficult period due to Covid-19 we know more than ever that physical activity levels amongst children for the majority have significantly decreased, through this partnership we will be able to work with local schools to provide new opportunities to be active and help rebuild long-lasting good habits."