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Community Trust

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

 

Vision & Purpose of OACT

Using the power of football Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) works in partnership with its local community to provide positive opportunities through sport, inspire and reward our local community.

 

Our Commitment 

To be professional, dedicated and inclusive in everything that we deliver. We will work to develop a fit for purpose governance structure with an empowered team committed to meeting the needs of those within Oldham.

 

Our Aims & Aspirations

• To maintain Oldham Athletic Football Club at the heart of its community and increase opportunities for young people and families to be involved with Oldham Athletic.

• Promote social responsibility and encourage positive relationships amongst communities through sport.

• To work with the local communities to maximise the use of facilities and provide meaningful sports opportunities for young people to enhance their communities.

• Raise the aspirations of young people through football and education.

• To be a sustainable, well-managed and forward thinking organisation.

 

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 

For 2016, we are delighted to be working alongside the Premier League to deliver the Primary Stars project, delivering world class provision across our community. 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. 

 

Secondary Schools:

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

In addition, we have our growing alternative education package. We are proud to deliver the OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies qualification aimed at key stage 4 which does go towards the schools Progress 8 tables. We can offer both on-site and off-site provision with our off-site provision based at the SportsDirect.com Park.” 

For more information on this please email martin.vose@oldhamathletic.co.uk.

Premier League 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'. Throughout the week we deliver nine different sessions, all of which are free to attend. Per week we can engage with 400-500 young people across our sessions. While the majority of sessions are based around football and sport we offer young people a safe haven to socialise, in many areas our provision is the only local provision available.

Each season we take part in the NW Premier League Kicks Division, a league made up of fellow community schemes who deliver the project. The games offer young people the opportunity to leave their own area and play competitive football against clubs such as Everton, Liverpool and Manchester City. 

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

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

 

For more information on our Kicks project please email martin.vose@oldhamathletic.co.uk.

 

Take A Break

JIGSAW

“JIGSAW is a weekly youth club for young people on the autistic spectrum aged 5-11. The theme of the weekly sessions is multi activity with a wide range of activities to take part in such as table tennis, table football, arts & crafts. mega blocks building set, tablets and much more. We actively promote the project as a project for the whole family with parents/carers and siblings welcome to stay and socialise. The sessions are every Monday, 6-8pm at The Honeywell Centre and are completely free of charge.”

Booking for this project is essential.

For more information please email samantha.omara@oldhamathletic.co.uk.

 

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 

Skill Centres 

Recently we have rebranded our previously named development centres; these are now our community skill centres. All of our training sessions are held at The Oldham Academy North in the Sport Hall, our training times are: 

Under 8s: Monday 5-6pm.

Under 9s: Monday 7-8pm

Under 10s: Tuesday 5-6pm

Under 11s: Monday 6-7pm.

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 craig.large@oldhamathletic.co.uk.

 

Street Jammers

We also hold a weekly dance class, again at The Oldham Academy North, which takes place on a Tuesday evening. Similarly to the skill centres this is charged at £10 per month. The training information is:

Primary: 6pm-7:30pm

Secondary: 7:30pm-9pm 

The sessions are based around Street Cheer, a mix of cheerleading and street dancing with the group being the official dancers of Oldham Athletic they performd on the pitch prior to Oldham Athletic fixtures.

For more information on our street jammers dance group please email samantha.omara@oldhamathletic.co.uk. 

 

Matchday Activities 

For every Oldham Athletic 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 and due to the support of JD Williams is completely free. Match day clubbers will participate in different themed activities each week within Laticzone before watching the game fully supervised by the matchday club staff. 

You will see the Team Of The Week performing on the pitch at half-time.

For more information please email:

Team Of The Week – A.Nesbitt@oldhamathletic.co.uk

Matchday Club – Jack.Garside@oldhamathletic.co.uk

 

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 if paid in advance. We provide a wide range of activities, some sporting and some non-sporting alongside additional extras such as visits from the Oldham Athletic players.

For more information please email wendy.noble@oldhamathletic.co.uk.

 

As a Trust we work with a wide range of different partners to be able to deliver these activities. Our 2016/2017 official partners are: Oldham Athletic, JD Williams, Polyflor, McDonalds, Peter Cruddas Foundation, Morrisons Foundation, Eden Creative, OCR, Manchester FA, PFA, OCL, Oldham Council, Street League, Premier League, English Football League Trust. We would 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