Arts and Culture, Sport and Recreation

Warriors Basketball Club funded by the William Colton Youth Sports Fund

Projects funded in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Warriors Basketball Club funded by the William Colton Youth Sports Fund

Warriors Basketball Club

Warriors Basketball Club funded 72 hours of facility hire and bought new equipment for young people to join free basketball sessions, thanks to a grant given by the William Colton Youth Sports Fund. The ‘Cost of Living/Price of Life’ project funded free taster sessions for young people, focusing on improving fitness and mental wellbeing. 

The sessions run in some of the most deprived areas of Leicester and give 8-18 year olds meaningful opportunities to enhance their wellbeing through sports. So far 150 young people have benefited from the grant.

The Spark Arts for Children

With support from The John Salmon Fund, The Spark Arts for Children were able to carry out an art and performance festival at The BRITE Centre in Braunstone, an area of educational and economic disadvantage. The grant went towards the salary of the Project Co-ordinator and Artist Facilitator, costume and music hires, performance fees, participation materials and venue hire. The Spark Arts worked with local people to design and promote the day enabling families to work together making decisions and producing events.

Two professional performances took place, bringing high quality performance to people who are unlikely to be able to make the journey into the city. Each performance was followed by an interactive arts participation event planned and promoted by a group of local families, giving people an opportunity to participate creatively.

The Spark Arts for Children with their creative performance - grant from The John Salmon Fund
Children and volunteers making instruments Drum and Brass CIC funded by The Leicestershire Fund

Drum and Brass CIC

With a grant from The Leicestershire Fund, Drum and Brass CIC have run their STEAMpunk Orchestra summer holiday and after school club for 80 hours. 8-12 year olds living in the Fosse Ward area in the city came together to create instruments from scrap materials and then play them. Over 70 young people attended the club, 80% from the global ethnic majority.

The sessions encouraged interactions between young people and student volunteers, including a DMU Aeronautics Engineering student and a young person completing her DofE Award, giving the children strong role models.

The funding provided has covered staff, overhead and publicity costs for the project, vital to reach children in this area where many families are on low incomes and use the local foodbanks.