Playing for Success celebrates anniversary 


Bolton Council’s Playing for Success team will celebrate ten years at the Reebok Stadium on July 3, during which time more than ten thousand young people have been welcomed through the doors.

To celebrate, a day of inspiring learning activities will run from 9.30am until 3.00pm and will include more than two hundred people participating in two main events. Singing in the Stadium will bring together young and old alike to showcase musical talents and newly developed skills in ICT, while Poetry in Motion will feature performance poet Craig Bradley.

The team provides an ever increasing and inspiring range of study support activities that aim to raise achievement in ICT, literacy and numeracy skills through raising young people’s aspirations.

Over the last ten years Bolton Wanderers Football Club have provided continued support and contributions including player appearances, staff involvement, complimentary match tickets and use of the stadium’s various rooms and facilities.

Since Bolton’s first Playing for Success centre opened at Bolton Wanderers Football Club in 1999, it has expanded into venues ranging from the Crown Green Zone and Amir Khan’s Gloves, to the Octagon Theatre and the Bolton Science and Technology Centre.

Councillor Ebrahim Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “Playing for Success continues to innovate and expand its offer to all those who want to join. It has provided great opportunities to Bolton’s young people, and I look forward to seeing what the next ten years brings. The celebration will be an excellent way to mark the occasion, and I wish all involved every success.”

Chief Executive of Bolton Wanderers, Allan Duckworth, said: “We have been delighted to provide support for Playing for Success over the past ten years and we look forward to continuing our excellent relationship over the coming years.”

Playing for Success is a successful partnership between the Department for Children, Schools and Families, local authorities and professional sporting venues ranging from football clubs to ice hockey rinks and racecourses.

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