27 July 2016


In the run up to this year’s Olympic Games and as part of YMCA’s Get Set for Community Action project, YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire is supporting the ‘WillenhALL Welcome Games’ which are set to take place on 13th August from 1-4pm at the Hagard Community Centre, in Willenhall Coventry.

The local youth charity, which supports over 2000 young people across Coventry and Warwickshire each year, is one of 15 YMCAs across Great Britain to have signed up as a partner to the national scheme. Get Set for Community Action is supporting teams of young people to run projects to help create more active communities in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The programme was created by the British Olympic Foundation and British Paralympic Association and made possible thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

In Coventry, YMCA has worked with 15 local young people to develop two community events that have taken place in the run up to the ‘Games’. These events, led by the local community with partners including Willenhall Library, Lets Get Crafty, Council Youth Services, ABC Boxing, Eureka Nursery, Ignite and Willenhall Community Forum have given local people opportunities to take part in arts and crafts (producing decorations for the event), and to try Olympic-themed sports such as Badminton, Tennis and Boxing. Current Brazilian Judo Olympic Coach Dr Leonardo Mataruna, who lectures at Coventry University, also led a session to introduce local young people to Judo.


Andy Winter, Chief Executive of YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire said: “YMCA is delighted to be the community delivery partner for the Get Set for Community Action programme in Coventry and Warwickshire.


“We believe in the power of communities and the potential for young people to positively contribute to their local neighbourhoods. We have worked in Willenhall for a number of years, providing opportunities for local young people to get involved in a wide range of sports and other activities and are pleased to have this opportunity to be more involved there.


“Health and Wellbeing is one of five key service areas for YMCA and, through Get Set for Community Action, we will be able to work with yet more young people, offering more development and volunteering opportunities for them to belong, contribute and thrive.”


The ‘WillenhALL Welcome Games’ are open to everyone to attend to get involved in a wide range of activities, including competitions in Tennis, Football, Basketball Hoop Shoot, and more including music and arts and crafts!

To make a donation or find out about volunteering for YMCA Coventry & Warwickshire please visit www.ymca-cw.org.uk or telephone 02476 597009.