STAFFORD resident Zack Pedley has been given £300 of funding by O2 Think Big to hold free football sessions for children with learning difficulties.
The 19 year-old from Highfields is the brains behind ‘Footsteps to Football’ which aims to give young people the opportunity to keep fit and learn basic football skills.
Weekly sessions will be held at Stone Youth Centre, and will be led by Zack himself who is currently studying Level 3 Sport Coaching at Stafford College. Zack has worked with young people for four years as he believes it is important to give the next generation skills for work and life.
O2’s Think Big supports young people such as Zack all over the UK by transforming their creativity and passions into projects that benefit their local communities through money, support and training.
The initiative works by putting cash directly in the hands of young people and supporting them to use the money in a way that delivers a positive impact in their local area.
In addition to the financial support, Zack will receive substantial training and mentoring from experienced O2 professionals, to give him a hand in providing the sports sessions to the young people in his community.
Zack said:"I’m thrilled to get the chance to turn my idea into a reality.
"I was confident in my project so I’m really pleased to be given the opportunity from O2 Think Big to show the benefits this kind of project can have on the community.
"The money will come in very useful to buy kit and equipment so I’m excited to get stuck into the project.”
Bill Eyres, head of O2 Think Big said:"Young people are brimming with ideas, passion and enthusiasm and we want to encourage all of that exciting creativity.
"That’s exactly what O2 Think Big is about. We give bright young people the tools and help needed to grow their passion and ideas.
"Zack impressed us with his commitment to making a real difference to his local community and we wish him every success in what’s a really worthwhile project.”
O2 Think Big has helped to fund and make over 4,000 youth projects happen across the UK over the past three years.