GreaterSport awards further funding for Rainbow Haven sessions

Fri 7 Feb 2020

GreaterSport, a registered charity aiming to change lives through physical activity and sport in Greater Manchester, has once more funded a series of introductory baseball/softball sessions for charity organisation Rainbow Haven, who provide sport and activities for refugees and asylum seekers. This funding comes following success at Rainbow Haven running female-only sessions for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, also funded by GreaterSport, and will be administered by BaseballSoftballUK.

Previously, a number of female-only softball sessions ran throughout November and December 2019 at the Rainbow Haven Centre in Gorton, Greater Manchester. These sessions were highly successful, engaging with women from varying cultures who have limited access to other sports and opportunities for physical activity.

Following the success of these sessions, BSUK applied for a further grant to continue working with Rainbow Haven, this time for male participants.

Funding will be used to pay for equipment and a coach for weekly sessions, as well as going towards reimbursing bus fares for participants who may need it. The sessions are aimed at increasing the physical activity of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, as well as to introduce them to the games of baseball and softball.

Rainbow Haven Casework Coordinator Amanda Jones-Said had suggested that running the sessions in a familiar environment is a huge factor in engaging with the community.

The separate sessions for men and women have been set up to ensure training aligns with cultural practices, and so that all young people from these communities are able to enjoy physical activity in a safe and open environment.

Linni Mitchell, BSUK North West Coach commented, “I’m excited to work with this new group. The previous Rainbow Haven sessions have been a great success and the participants have really enjoyed trying an alternative sport so I’m looking forward to introducing more players to our sports.”

Luis Arrevillagas, BSUK Development Manager reported, “It is fantastic to work with such a diverse group, and we’ve built a great relationship with Rainbow Haven, who really appreciate the work we are doing. A big thanks to GreaterSport for awarding this satellite funding.”

Sessions will commence later in February and continue until March.

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