HAPpy Holiday and Sporting Chance are among the projects being run in Hemel Hempstead, which use sport, physical activity and education to inspire, protect and motivate young people.
Performance Pathways was founded by Harry Oriordan in order to help young people earn a chance in playing or working in the sporting industry.
This non-profit organisation is aimed at leaving a positive effect on children and adolescents across London and home counties, with the power of sport and education.
ProFormance Global and Herts Sports Partnership created ProFormance Pathways to help deliver sessions for the HAPpy project during the first week of the Easter school holidays.
Children who were on free school meals within Dacorum attended a football camp for four days, free of charge in which they had enrichment activities and also a hot meal.
Oriordan talked about the positive effects that sports leaves on people at a young age, saying, “Having worked in sports as a football coach firstly from the age of 15, I have seen first-hand positive effect that it can have on young people who participate in organised grass roots sport.
“I have first-hand experience of working in both grassroots and elite sport across the UK, I am 100 per cent focused on delivering a programme which offers the very highest standard of coaching, safeguarding and opportunity to all young people who play sports.
“Having been involved in the launch and running of my own business within the sports industry, I have also been able to experience the great career opportunities and lifestyle that can come from working in sport.
“At ProFormance Pathways we are passionate about not only helping young people have a chance of playing a sport professionally but also either working within a different sector of sports or gaining transferable skills to any employment sector they wish to enter.
“I am to lead a network of individuals and organisations to provide all young people with opportunities within sport at all levels.
“I’ve got to say it was such a fantastic week, the children who attended were amazing, we had over 60 children each day with 40 of these attending through the HAPpy scheme.
“The day was mainly filled with fun warm up games in the morning, followed by a healthy snack at break time.
“We would then play matches up until lunch where the children would go inside for a hot meal, this was provided by the Hemel Hempstead FC and was very well prepared with lots of options for each child. After lunch would be tournaments before home time!
“During lunch, players would also complete an enrichment activity which included languages and nutrition, on the last day all players received some Easter treats and a medal as well as some lucky players winning an award and trophy at our presentation.
“The feedback from players and parents was amazing and we cannot wait to be able to deliver this programme again in the future.
“The feedback from parents show how important that programmes like this can be, we know this programme is running again in the summer and at Christmas and we cannot wait to be involved again.
“We are also running a Sporting Chance programme in Hemel Hempstead which is where the police and other youth services refer young people to us to take part in free football sessions.”
ProFormance Pathways, Herts Sport Partnership and Adventure Playground are working together to deliver Sporting Chance Programme.
A programme for young people within the youth justice system throughout 10 district areas in the county, involving schools, community centres, sports clubs and Educational Support Centres.
The programme which will involve sports such as football, boxing and basketball will commence on April 13th and will be every Tuesday evening from 5pm till 7pm at Grovehill Adventure Playground.
Author: Catherine Micallef