Sports project scoops 1K donation

An East Anglian sports project has been selected as the first regional group to benefit from a new funding scheme targeting youth projects.

Catch22 Suffolk Positive Futures will receive £1,000 from the Persimmon Homes Building Futures initiative, launched in partnership with Team GB, the British Olympic Association.

Simon Wood, director in charge at Persimmon Homes Suffolk, said: “This fantastic new funding scheme aims to support community groups across three categories: sports, education & arts, and health.”

“We are delighted that the first organisation to win is a youth crime prevention programme that exists to transform young people’s lives and make a significant impact on reducing crime and youth violence in local communities, while promoting positive emotional wellbeing.”

Over the past five years, more than 5,600 young people have been supported by Catch 22 Suffolk Positive Futures and currently around 400 local young people regularly engage with the project, developing the skills and confidence needed to achieve their goals.

Persimmon’s £1,000 donation will help the group to deliver a free weekly sports project for secondary school age youngsters in Haverhill. For more information about the organisation visit www.catch-22.org.uk/services/suffolk-positive-futures-2

Building Futures is being delivered through the Persimmon Charitable Foundation and is aimed at community projects for people aged under 18, targeting grassroots sports groups, charities dealing with physical and mental health issues or awareness, as well as community arts and education projects.

Monthly grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve facilities and the delivery of vital grassroots community projects.

In addition to the £1,000 monthly awards, three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national award scheme voted on by the public. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

In each sector – sport, education & arts, and health – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Persimmon Homes is an official partner of Team GB as it prepares for Tokyo 2020 and beyond.

To find out more about or to apply Building Futures visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures/