Crazy Club – January 2015

A big “Thank You” to Wave 105 for donating to us a selection of arts & crafts materials for the various after‑school clubs that we run for disadvantaged young people. The clubs are run in the ParkLife Community Room in partnership with Autism Hampshire.

Here are some of the happy members of the “Crazy Club” showing off their arts & craft skills:

Photos courtesy of Marina Murphy

Arts & Crafts and Board Games – February 2014

Over the February half‑term we ran a session of Arts & Crafts and board games in the ParkLife Community Room for local children to enjoy.

Photos courtesy of Marina Murphy

Football Club – February 2014

We organised another half‑term football session in February, during which local radio station Wave 105 presented us with a cheque for £500 as a donation towards the cost of coaching fees.

presents us with a cheque for £500
Wave 105 interviews us…
Wave 105’s Interview

Football Club – report, January 2014

Since October 2013 the Tuesday Football Sessions have been held in the ParkLife Community Roombecause it’s been too dark to play in the Park. Although we’ve been unable to play football, we’ve been doing a variety of teamwork activities which have included:

  • Building the tallest tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows (we obviously then had to eat the marshmallows!)
  • Something that signified teamwork made out of silver foil
  • A good old‑fashioned conker knock‑out challenge
  • Indoor table tennis and table football challenges
  • Designing a football logo
Photos courtesy of Marina Murphy

One young man, Conor Sherman, who lives on the Shirley Estate, has been playing football with the Coxford and District Youth Project for many years and has been helping to coach the younger players over the last few months. He’s now 15 and has grown in confidence over this time. Marina is supporting him to gain a nationally recognised certificate through the Vinspired initiative. There are three levels i.e. 10, 50, or 100 hours: Conor is on his way to gaining 100 hours!

We had two football sessions booked in over the Christmas holidays but sadly the relentless rain put paid to those. However, we still had young people coming in asking if the sessions were going ahead: such enthusiasm but it was just too soggy to go ahead. We’re hoping for some sessions in the February half‑term – fingers crossed things will have dried up by then.


Wednesday Afternoon Arts & Crafts – report, January 2014

These sessions have become increasingly popular with young people from the Shirley Estate and Shirley Towers. Up to 25 young people turn up each week; they are an extremely lively bunch. The Youth Worker and Volunteer offer them the opportunity to make things out of recycled materials: they helped make Christmas decorations for the ParkLife Café, had a session about bullying, and enjoyed playing indoor table tennis and table football.

We could really do with some extra volunteers for these sessions: if you’d like to help out, please contact Marina Murphy on 023 8077 9763.

Fundraising Quiz – Friday 5th July 2013

The Coxford and District Youth Project held a Fundraising Quiz at Shirley Parish Hall in July 2013. Despite the beautiful sunny evening outside, some 90 people turned up to take part in a great evening.

The ParkLife Café very kindly paid for, cooked, and served up the food. A raffle was held, and there was a Bring and Buy cake stall, a Weigh the Cake competition, and a jewellery stall; a total of £670 was raised to further the Project’s work with local young people.

There was also a screening of a video produced by Rob Hind from Upper Shirley High Schoolabout the Football Project – click here or on the clapperboard to see it.
Editor’s Note – this video is over 8 minutes long, but we strongly recommend that you watch it all the way through – it’s very inspiring!

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped organise the evening, clear up, sell raffle tickets, cook, or just come and join in!

Half‑Term Football in the Park – February 2013

Feburary 2013 half‑term was a wonderful week for football in St.James’ Park! Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings saw some great action on the field, finished off at Friday lunchtime with an awards session and a burger and chips lunch provided by Paul, Sam, and Simon in the ParkLife Café.

Marina Murphy has secured some funding for Paul and Mandy Stoddart to continue to run half‑term and Tuesday evening football sessions for young people from 8+ years old, aimed at those who might find more formal football sessions challenging. Paul Stoddart is great at working with young people who struggle with behaviour or who wouldn’t be able to afford membership of a club.

If you know anyone who’d like to get involved (more volunteers means more sessions and games), please call FoSJP’s Community Volunteer CoordinatorMarina Murphy, on 023 8077 9763.