Hull FC’s Community Foundation has received funding from the Hull Military Covenant Forum to launch the ‘FC Veterans’ project.
‘FC Veterans’ has been designed to meet a clear gap in provision locally, through using one of its professional clubs to use the catalyst of sport to engage veterans in a project that supports positive physical, mental, and social outcomes though completing a Sports Coaching Award.
‘FC Veterans’ will offer a three-stage fully inclusive programme for all veterans regardless of their socio-economic background or health conditions.
Through its ‘Engage’, ‘Educate’, and ‘Inspire’ strands, Veterans will be supported to come together through a love of sport, with support pathways offered into wider health, education, and employment services.
The Black & Whites are aiming to continue their close relationship with local Armed Forces groups through the creation of this new project.
Members of the local veteran community into ‘FC Veterans’, the project will work closely within existing provision to raise awareness of the scheme and support pathways in.
This will include attending Veterans Café, Work Club, and other providers involved within the Armed Forces Network. Alongside this, the project will utilise the far-reaching media channels of Hull FC to promote the scheme to veterans who may be hidden currently, but would engage in this sport based programme.
The core part of ‘FC Veterans’ is a two-hour intervention on Tuesday evenings at the Hull FC Youth Performance Centre on Pickering Road which will entail veterans completing an accredited Sports Coaching Qualification.
Offering a coaching programme purely for Veterans represents a first in the city. It will be a catalyst for bringing likeminded veterans together from all backgrounds, tackling loneliness and isolation, and completing an upskilling programme that supports physical activity and mental well-being.
Upon completing the qualification, it will enable those veterans to gain paid coaching work and volunteering opportunities in community and school settings through the Hull FC Community Foundation.
Hull FC has had a long tradition of working with the local armed forces community. The club’s annual veterans match day is one of the most well attended fixtures of the season.
As the charitable foundation of the club, the Hull FC Foundation want to introduce organisations into FC Veterans who add value to each participants experience on the programme. This will include local business leaders who will offer targeted support around core employability skills to veterans seeking to progress into work.
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