In 2006 the lives of many were enriched when Aldershot Town’s Community Scheme, now Trust, was fortunate enough to receive funding from the Football Foundation for a five year development programme for children and adults with disabilities.
The programme worth £325,000 was funded for £193,000 by the foundation and to this day remains one of the largest received by a then non league Community Scheme.
Following the completion of the foundation’s funding in February 2012 the Community Scheme continued to deliver its extensive disability programme with the hope of securing further funding. During this time £5,000 was kindly donated by SC Johnson and at the end of 2012 the Peter Harrison foundation, in recognising the work that the Trust was carrying out, kindly agreed to further fund the project for three years.
These funds have afforded the trust,the opportunity to develop and continue providing a comprehensive disability programme that caters for a wide range of juniors and adults with varying disabilities.
The trusts activity programme incorporates a variety of different sports and runs most of the sessions under the heading ‘Multi-Sports’. These sessions encourage both individual and group participation, working on participants mobility ,co-ordination and communication skills with the aim of building confidence and self esteem levels.
Groups and individuals including emotional, behavioural and moderate learning disabilities have also benefitted from the trusts activity sessions with the modification and ownership of sessions developing physical and learning skills including the oppo* rtunity to improve numeracy and literacy skills and understanding.
The following opportunities are afforded by the Community Trust to disability and special needs groups all year round:
- Weekly activity sessions
- Curriculum and After School sessions
- Access to Clubs through week-end and evening sessions
- Tournaments and Competitions
- Friendly matches
- Match day visits: Pitch activities and penalty shoot-outs
- Ground Tours and Social gatherings
This project is currently looking for a new funding partner to continue the programme running.