Members of Shobdon Youth Club have really been enjoying participating in activities such as skateboarding

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Sports Are Still Popular At Shobdon Youth Club

Having been open for just over 3 years, Shobdon Youth Club is continuing to thrive thanks to its ability to offer equipment and facilities to its members. This has only been possible through funding provided from sources like the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

The Club which is run by 5 volunteers currently operates on a Monday evening between 7 & 9pm from the village hall in Shobdon for youngsters in the area ranging from ages 8-19, with an average of 18 attendees each week. Although there is only one session the younger members are separated from the elder members as there are two rooms used for the club so all activities are appropriate for the age range.

Sarah Fenlon a volunteer for the Youth Club commented “Having only opened using £180 raised from a Bingo night, we were in dire need of some equipment to keep the youngsters entertained, so we decided to apply to the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust for some funding.”

“We asked the children what type of equipment they would be interested in and they put forward a whole list including skateboards, ramps, helmets and pads, as well as indoor football nets, table tennis and space markers.”

“Because the children chose the equipment themselves, it has proved to be a worthwhile investment as it is something they wanted to participate in rather than being pushed towards a particular activity chosen for them. We are extremely grateful to the Trust for the funding as without it the purchase of the equipment would simply not have been possible.”

John Garbutt, chairman of the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust added “It is great to be able to help encourage such a diverse age-range to participate in healthy recreation, especially in such a safe environment.”

The Kingspan Insulation Community Trust provides funding to the communities of Shobdon, Pembridge and Kingsland in Herefordshire as well as Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire. There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted, all that is asked is that they meet at least one of the Trust’s four objectives which cover conservation, encouraging biodiversity, health and fitness of young people and road safety.

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