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Up for the Cup
Tuesday 20th October, 2009

Young people across the borough are being given a sporting chance, thanks to a major donation to the Communities United Project (CUP).

The cash boost comes from Wigan and Leigh Housing and its network of contractors and consultants. Together they are working with young people to give them opportunities to learn, develop and engage with their communities.

Lesley Steel, one of the CUP Project Directors working on this scheme, said: “We are delighted to be working with Wigan and Leigh Housing and their appointed contractors and partners. Their support will help CUP provide support and resources to develop constructive opportunities for local young people.”

A massive £20,000 has been donated by the partners that will support other funding opportunities open to CUP such as from Sport England and the Youth Sector Development Fund.

Ashley Crumbley, Chief Executive of Wigan and Leigh Housing, said: “CUP are already working successfully in the Higher Folds area of Leigh and the additional money will allow them to expand their service into other areas. The intention is to work in the Pemberton area initially covering Marsh Green, Worsley Hall and Norley Hall as well as the Stubshaw Cross area of Ashton. If the expansion of the service is successful, we’ll be working with CUP to see how this can be rolled out to other parts of the borough as well”.

And it’s not just about football, as Lesley Steel adds: “Although we use sport as a tool to encourage community involvement, CUP, it is about the personal development of adults and young people and building strong positive relationships within a community.”

Activities provided by CUP include football and other sports activities as well as music, arts, dance and drama for youngsters aged between 8 and 16. This is a crucial time for providing positive opportunities for young people to develop and widen their perceptions of the choices available to them. CUP also works with schools to offer support and advice to teachers and develop both curriculum and after-school activities.

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