3.1 Breakfast Club - Breakfast club gives kids a healthy and active start.
FC United’s community breakfast club, funded by Kellogg’s via Forever Manchester, has been a huge success in its inaugural year at Broadhurst Park. The funding received was for 40 people per day to be fed at the club, with the opportunity to participate in multi-sports on the club’s new all-weather community pitch, or to stay in the function room and engage in arts and crafts and indoor games.
With over 150 registered participants and over 1,000 attendances the project has been a fantastic example of how a football club can actively engage with its local community. As the club has just arrived in Moston, it was crucial to appeal to local families and the project certainly achieved this. 68 people registered from the M40 postcode area, 26 registered from M9, 17 registered from M35 and eight registered from M24, demonstrating a very positive response from the local community.
Volunteer Karen Fitzpatrick, who helped to facilitate the project, said: “The breakfast club was a success all round. It brought the community together and enabled families to integrate and make new friends. We had loads of positive feedback from the people who attended and the kids, who can’t wait for the next holidays! I found working in the club really enjoyable and it was great to see first-hand how FC United works in the local community.”
Katy Kakar from Moston, who volunteered after turning up to use the breakfast club with her children said: “From the moment I walked in the door I was made to feel welcome and it was such a lovely environment to work in. My kids really loved it, learning something new every day, and I’ve ended up making some very good friends as a result.”
Both Katy and Karen are now members of FC United and both volunteer with the club on match days.
Leon McColagan, who volunteered at the club every single day throughout the five weeks of the breakfast club, said: “It was really great to get the community involved through this project. I have made many new friends and relationships and I am looking forward to October when I will definitely be volunteering again!”
Commenting on the success of the breakfast club, Andy Cheshire, FC United community and education manager, said: “The breakfast club was a great example of community cohesion and provided a safe environment for families to engage with other parents and children. The attitude of the volunteers was exemplary and this had a positive effect on the participants of the club and also on the staff that work at Broadhurst Park. I have to say a huge thanks to Kellogg’s who not only funded the project but also donated lots of boxes of cereals so money could be spent in other areas to provide more activities for the young people that attended. The feedback we’ve had has been extremely positive and I am really looking forward to the next time we can accommodate all these families in October”.
The Breakfast Club will run throughout October half term (Monday 26th to Friday 20th October 2015) from 0830-1130 and will be open to all families of all ages so please come along and enjoy a free breakfast and games/coaching sessions!