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Family Fun At Gills Game

11 October 2013

Once again there will be a number of Family Fun activities ahead of the game

The OSC are helping the club to organise another Family fun Day this Saturday at the Gillingham game, following the success of the one held prior to the Carlisle game.

The activities which will be there include a bouncy castle, slid, face painting, Super Zorbs which are big plastic balls that the children climb into and try to run, a football target game to get the balls through holes and win prizes.

All these events will be held on the large grass area on the right as you enter the Greenhous Meadow’s main gates.

Outside the Family Stand the Cage Football will once again be in operation.

Shrewsbury Cage Football launched in October 2011 as a community project of Barnabas Community Church, based in Longden Coleham, with backing from Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Football Club and other local bodies and grant making trusts.

A team of volunteers takes the cage to community days, youth clubs and schools.  Over 1000 local teenagers per year play cage football.  The game sees two teams of two compete for two minutes.  It’s a frantic race to score in the miniature goals, in an enclosed space, but skills overtake force as a successful “nutmeg” wins the match outright.

The cages are built in the Netherlands in a special project involving training young offenders, and are then imported by the national youth work charity YFC to fire services, police forces, youth work charities and churches.  Basically any organisation looking to engage with local young people and give them something to do. 

The idea behind the project in Shrewsbury is to provide the ongoing community projects and agencies (like local youth clubs / community days) with an activity that attracts young people to come and see the local services that are available for them. 

This is currently done at no cost to the youth club, so no group of young people miss out because of resources.

This coming week the cage will be in several local schools in the day and in youth clubs in the evenings in Monkmoor, Sundorne, the Grange and Nesscliffe.

It will be at the Greenhous Meadow in front of the Family Stand at the match with Gillingham.

If you’d like to know more about the project please see www.cagefootball.net



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