Fishwick Rangers was set up in 1993 as a project to provide a range of services and activities that reflect community needs and aspirations & specifically to engage with young people at risk of social exclusion. Many of the original volunteers are still involved and have played an integral role in establishing the organisations' independence, resilience, expertise and reputation.
Our core offer involves developing football teams across all age ranges including girls football, working in schools with children who have challenging behaviour, providing sporting excellence for minority ethnic children and targeted community safety work e.g. preventing 'radicalisation'. This has resulted in an increase in disadvantaged and excluded young people being involved in mainstream sports, leading to increased confidence, volunteering opportunities and more positive life chances.
We measure our success by tracking the beneficiaries progress from our first contact and by reciprocal feedback with schools, police and other referral agencies. We keep simple beneficiary development plans, where young people say what they want to achieve and we record the outcomes.
We have established our own volunteering and sports coaching programmes, facilitated partner education and training programmes, community health promotion events, community consultations and open days, job fairs and apprenticeship opportunities and neighbourhood partnerships. We evaluate all of our activities and programmes which demonstrates that 38% of young people using our services go on to volunteer with us. This is an essential element of our success to date that we aim to continue. We will build upon our targeted approach and involve the required expertise to reach the priority groups and beneficiaries identified in our consultation.
The primary beneficiaries of the project will have a particular emphasis on children and young people, families living in poverty and unemployed people. We know from our experiences the barriers and challenges that people living in poverty face.
The football club which is an essential part of the scheme has proved very popular. Over 1,000 young people have engaged in this and many teams have been successful in gaining promotion and winning their respective leagues.
The Club successfully achieved National Governing Body FA Chartered Standard Development Club Accreditation Status in 2008. This is a goal recognising high standards in grassroots football & development.
Clubs which achieve The FA Charter Standard accreditation are challenged to maintain high standards and where appropriate, to improve and progress to new levels.
The accreditation makes a positive difference to the way clubs are run and to people’s enjoyment of football.
The upcoming season 2019/20 will see the following teams playing structured FA affiliated leagues –
2 x Under 7
2 x Under 9