Preston North End Community and Education Trust are hosting new community sessions for current and former armed forces personnel in Preston.
The Trust will host two weekly sessions for anybody who has served in the Armed Forces and their families. The sessions will see participants socialise amongst like minded people whilst gain support through various sign-posting opportunities. Through the football session, there’s also a chance for participants to represent Preston North End in the Armed Forces football league against other clubs from across the north west.
The initiative is funded by the Armed Forces Covenant who look to empower and provide opportunities to those who have previously served in the Military, and through free sessions, the Trust will provide support and opportunities to all Armed Forces personnel and their families who come along.
Every Wednesday from 8pm until 9pm, free football sessions will be provided to Armed Forces personnel at the PNE Community Training Centre, Tag Lane, Ingol, (PR2 3TX) giving participants the chance to stay active and enjoy a kickabout amongst fellow servicemen and women.
The Trust will also host a free socialising session from 10am until 11.30am at Finney’s Café where refreshments will coincide with the art of conversation between fellow forces personnel where individuals can find out about other support groups across Preston.
Tom Drake, Assistant Head of PNECET said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for the Trust and the Armed Forces community. Preston North End is just a stone throw away from Fulwood Barracks and the Reserves Centre so it is important for us as a Trust to provide opportunities for the Armed Forces community to benefit from.
“Both sessions will allow those who have served in the Armed Forces to engage with like minded people and learn about the support that is on offer across Preston. We are encouraging all those previously or currently serving to get down to one of our PNE forces sessions and take part in what promises to be an exciting project.”
The sessions are an open invitation for anybody who has served in the armed forces, simply turn up at one of the sessions on the day. To find out more, please contact Community Inclusion Officer at PNE, James Stansfield on 01772 693309.