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Cheetham’s ‘Street Box Strikers’ collect their awards

A group of 23 young people from Cheetham area of Manchester were awarded medals and trophies from local housing association Guinness Northern Counties on Saturday 30th August for their participation and achievements in an exciting summer sports activities programme.

The awards ceremony was the grand finale to a month-long action-packed programme called Street Box Strikers, organised by the housing association.

The young people, all aged between 5 and 15 years, benefited from free professional training in boxing, street dancing and football.

TV street dancing hit ‘Flava’, semi-finalists from ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, travelled up from Cornwall to Guinness Northern Counties’ head office at Bower House, Hollinwood, Oldham to present each of the 23 young participants with a medal and certificate. ‘Flava’ also presented 12 of the young people with trophies for Coach’s Choice, Most Improved and Best Performer across the three activities.

The young people and their families were then whisked away to watch a match at FC United football ground on Gigg Lane. FC United provided the football training for the programme along with visits to the ground and match tickets. All of the children had the chance at the end of Saturday’s match to meet the team in the players lounge.

Three of the children were named Street Box Strikers Champions and were presented with trophies and signed footballs by FC United team members on the pitch at half time. They were Josephine Ryan aged 12, Harry O’Hagan aged 8 and Lee Hindmarsh aged 11. Josephine said: “I am absolutely over the moon with the award, I really can’t believe what an amazing day I have had”.

Claire Roberts Wheeler, Housing Officer for Guinness Northern Counties helped organise the ‘Street Box Strikers’ along with her colleague Hazel Booth. Claire said: “It’s been a fantastic end to a really brilliant programme of activities. The young people from the Cheetham area have really excelled in their chosen sports and proved what they’re capable of, given the right opportunity and encouragement.

“We’d like to thank all the young people and their families who took part, as well as our brilliant coaches and our special guests from FC United and Flava for making the awards event so special.

“We’d also like to thank Manchester City Council’s Youth Contact Team, Tung Sing Housing Association, Manchester City Council, Northwards Housing, Ashiana Housing Association and all the other agencies who helped support the project.”

Attached photo shows Lee Hindmarsh (L), Josephine Ryan and Harry O’Hagan at FC United football ground with their trophies. Further images can be downloaded from: www.box.net/shared/8fqp210kzx

About Guinness Northern Counties:
Celebrating 40 years of making a difference in 2006, Guinness Northern Counties is one of the largest providers of homes in England and Wales. The Association’s name, launched in April 2008, reflects the coming together of Northern Counties Housing Association with The Guinness Trust Group in April 2007 to form The Guinness Partnership. Guinness Northern Counties employs over 750 people across more than 20 office locations and provides nearly 27,000 homes in many diverse communities. Winner of numerous awards including Investors in People Champion Status 2008, National Housing Federation’s Employer of Choice Award 2006 and Best Small Call Centre at the European Call Centre Awards in 2007, Guinness Northern Counties is delivering its vision of Really Making a Difference to customers, homes and services by achieving excellence.

Website: www.ncha.co.uk


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