In 2016 Sports Fun 4 All received funding from the Bellingham Assembly to deliver free football coaching for young people aged 6 – 13. The project ran every Saturday morning from September to December at Bellingham Green. The sessions provided a weekend activity for young people whose parents couldn’t afford the local football clubs. In total, the project engaged over 40 young people and averaged 20 attendees per session.
The coaches provided the young people with a safe, informal environment that allowed them to have fun and improve their soft skills like communication, teamwork, and respect. The offer of fun, engaging activity on the young people’s doorstep made it easier to remove barriers to participation like cost and travel.