Oswestry Rotary Club President Dave Griggs and Treasurer David Davies visited Woodside School recently to see the benefits that the TNS Foundation Holiday Activity and Food Programme sessions could bring to the area’s youngsters.

Dave said: “I am delighted to see the sessions happening this year after their enforced break last year and am pleased that we are able to provide support with an award from the Mary Hignett Bequest Fund to contribute towards the cost of ad hoc coaches.

“This was great to see as all the children appeared to be thoroughly enjoying the course under the guidance of three highly motivated coaches!”

Dave met with Gill Jones, TNS’ Community Foundation Officer to find out more: “We have an extensive programme of activities available, not just football, although we are, of course, proud of the training that our coaches deliver.” she said.

The TNS Foundation, which has many community aims, is now the biggest such organisation in Shropshire, delivering football and sports participation programmes as well as education, health, social inclusion and equality projects.

Dave added: “Very importantly, all sessions are free for children to attend and include a free meal – both issues that have been highlighted as important during the pandemic.

The sessions run for the next three weeks at several sites around Oswestry and Ellesmere – further details can be found on the TNS Foundation website www.tnsfc.co.uk/2021/07/07/details-released-for-the-new-saints-fc-foundations-summer-holiday-activity-provision/ or email info@tnsfcfoundation.org.uk.

If you are involved with a sports or arts group which needs some financial support, the next round of applications to the Mary Hignett Bequest Fund starts from September 1st.  You will find details on www.rotarycluboswestry.co.uk nearer the time.