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THE Featherstone Rovers Foundation has been awarded £5,000 to fund a Street Sport project. The scheme is designed to tackle anti-social behaviour by engaging young people in sporting activity and will be aimed at specific areas in Featherstone and Pontefract. The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The Featherstone Rovers Foundation organises projects and activities within the Featherstone and Five Towns area as well as the wider Wakefield Metropolitan District. The Foundation uses the power of sport and Featherstone Rovers’ reputation to provide activities which help give people in the community skills to lead healthy and active lifestyles. The selection of activities used allows the charity to engage with a diverse range of people from the community and to celebrate individual and team successes.

The grant will enable the Foundation’s experienced and qualified coaches to work in targeted areas where anti-social behaviour is high, in order to provide a positive and alternative activity. The activities will be sports based and may include a variety of games which can be played out in the open such as on council provided multi-use games areas and fields.

The Rovers Foundation’s head of community development Amy Hardman said:

‘We are thrilled that Santander Foundation will be supporting this project to tackle anti-social behaviour. We are really looking forward to providing the young people of Featherstone and Pontefract with the tools to get active and involved in this enrichment programme.”

Jane Tucker is the branch manager at Santander’s Pontefract branch.

She added: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Featherstone Rovers Foundation. We hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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