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New goal posts ensure Penwortham youngsters can play football

Posted on - 22nd April, 2022 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Penwortham, South Ribble News
Goal posts with Mayor of Penwortham, PCSOs, Liam Denham, Sam Beattie, Elaine Lawrenson, Aaron Denham

Youngsters in Penwortham are now able to play football with their new goal posts thanks to a community partnership between local councils and a social housing provider.

Following requests from children in the Kingsfold area, Progress Housing Group worked with Penwortham Town Council, South Ribble Borough Council and South Ribble Police to secure a bid through its Community Investment Fund.

The new goal posts were installed in Kingsfold playing field last month and were a welcome feature during Progress Housing Group’s community clean-up day where families joined Penwortham Town Council Mayor David Bennet and PCSOs to clear rubbish from the area.

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Children also had fun paper making and had their bikes repaired, with South Ribble Borough Council.

Members of the Progress Futures team talked to the community about the employment advice and support they can offer, and worked alongside Penwortham CAP Job Club.

Derek Wunderley, Area Housing Officer at Progress Housing Group, said: “We are grateful to everyone who turned up to support us and make the day a success.

“We would also like to thank South Ribble Borough Council who provided us with litter picking equipment and supported us with installing the goal posts.

“I know the youngsters are thrilled they are able to play football now.

“We particularly enjoyed working with our tenants and residents who did litter picking to make the area a better place to live. And through this, we were supporting Penwortham Town Council’s Greener Fortnight campaign.

“We also set this day up to connect with our tenants and reach those who may need our support. We were also able to help any tenants with employment advice through our Progress Futures scheme.

“It was a great day, where everyone got involved to make a difference to the community.”

Steve Caswell, Penwortham Town Manager, said: “Penwortham Town Council is always happy and willing to work with our partners and the community clean-up day was something we are proud to have helped out in any way we can.

“The new goalposts are something that the local children have been asking for. They can now have a kick around to their hearts content and also arrange real matches if they wish.

“These goalpost will now give them a focus and a source of entertainment, not only over the coming summer months but for many years to come.”

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