CACT | Plans to reopen community pitches this weekend

Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) plans to reopen its community 3G pitch for a limited number of targeted sessions from Saturday, June 13th.  

A plan CACT has put together for new Premier League Kicks sessions ensuring government guidelines are followed will see a limited number of young people who book in advance take part in training around fitness, passing and shooting. 

The pitch will be split into four areas and participants will be allocated to a one-hour slot. 

The plans follow consultation with a range of key stakeholders, including the Premier League, EFL Trust and the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Carl Krauhaus, CACT's Head of Early Help & Prevention, said: "We've had to make certain changes to our programme to ensure we're following government guidelines.  

"CACT staff will be on site. We will not be coaching young people, but we will be facilitating the session and ensuring all guidelines are adhered to.

"We look forward to getting this programme underway." 

The free sessions are open to 11 to 18-year-olds in Greenwich & Bexley every Saturday. Click here for more information about Kicks and to watch a video highlighting how sessions will follow government guidelines.

Online youth sessions among virtual offer 

Young Greenwich, the youth service CACT delivers on behalf of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, has launched free online youth sessions for young people aged 10-19 (or up to 25 for those with special educational needs or disabilities).

Young Greenwich also hosts weekly online Lockdown Parties, which have reached over 29,000 people and included competitions and special guests like singer/songwriter and DJ Afro B. 

Young people who want to speak to a youth worker individually and get support are able to book a 1-to-1 Chat & Check In session. There are also workshops and 1-to-1 sessions with Young Greenwich Nurses & Sexual Health workers in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Metro Charity. 

The Extra Time Hub for over 55s run in partnership with the EFL Trust has continued catch-up and singalong calls on Wednesday mornings. 

CACT is delivering a virtual Early Intervention in Psychosis offer in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Kent County Council. 

Counselling run in the Royal Borough of Greenwich is currently an online and telephone-based service. 

CACT’s Post-16 Football & Education Academy is holding regular isolation sessions and recruiting for September. 

Updates on resumption dates for CACT's other football sessions will be made available on its website

CACT’s smoking cessation programme is running new weekly group Zoom calls from 11am on a Saturday. 

CACT’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strand is launching a new webinar series on 23 June called Tackling Inequality: Looking ahead in these new and challenging times.

CACT’s mentoring programme is currently continuing as a telephone-based service. 

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