Friday, 31 July 2009

Burley Lodge footballers hope to strike it lucky in London

Young Leeds footballers will be hoping to bring back some silverware this week when they visit the capital to take part in the Westminster Summer Cup.

A group of young people aged 12 - 14 who take part in football training with the Burley Lodge Centre and Positive Futures have arranged to send two 5-a-side teams to London to take part in the tournament, organised by a local London Club, on Thursday 6 August.

Corinna who works at Burley Lodge and is a football coach said:
“The idea really came about a year ago. We ran a big summer project from our centre and these football mad boys started coming down. They talked a lot about their Monday training sessions with Positive Futures and started using our facilities to make plans for the group. They found another youth team, the London Tigers, who organise the Westminster Summer Cup and were determined to enter the next year.”

As well as competing for the prestigious title the group will be making the most of their visit to the capital with a tour of Wembley Stadium, a ride on the London Eye, going to see a West End show and shopping on Oxford Street.

The trip has been part funded by the Co-op Foundation who are also supporting other Positive Futures and Burley Lodge Centre partnership work.

Daniel Busfield Positive Futures coordinator for Leeds City Council and head coach on the project said:“I’m really pleased with the direction the group is now heading, it was hard work with them at first but that has paid off. Our aim has always been to use sport and leisure to engage with young people and encourage participation and look at what our team have managed to do. Over the last year our partnership work has really enabled us to improve our outcomes for young people whether with the Burley Lodge Centre or other organisations across the city of Leeds.”

Councillor Alan Lamb, deputy executive member responsible for Youth Services said:“This sounds like a great opportunity for these youngsters. Positive Futures and Burley Lodge are obviously doing a great job to help these young people realise their dreams as well as honing their football skills. I wish them all the best of luck.”

The next challenge the team has set itself to engage in further fundraising challenges are hoping to do a sponsored bike ride from Leeds to Manchester to raise funds for the club and keep the momentum, the opportunities and the sporting achievements going.

Notes to editors:
Positive Futures is a national sports and activities-based social inclusion programme for young people aged between 10 and 19.
The Positive Futures Programme was launched by the Government in 2002. There are 123 Positive Futures projects in total across England and Wales: the Home Office provides just over £5 million per year for 99 of the projects, with a further 24 projects funded directly by the Football Foundation to the tune of £3 million over a two year period.
The programme is also supported by the Department for Children, Schools and Families; Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Skills Active; Sport England; the Youth Justice Board; and the Department of Health.
In April 2006 the Home Office commissioned the charity Crime Concern to take over the management of the programme. Crime Concern is now known as Rainer Crime Concern (RCC) after it merged with the young people’s charity Rainer in July 2008.
RCC works with young people, local residents, families, schools, police, and local authorities to help young people stay safe and make the most of their lives and so help create safer, vibrant communities.
Programme data for the 12 months leading up to 31 March 2008 revealed that near 58,000 young people attended nationally. These young people attended more than half a million times and sessions included football, kayaking, fishing, abseiling, swimming, filming, DJing, photography and dance.

The Burley Lodge Centre is a multipurpose community anchor organisation based in inner North West Leeds. It provides a range of services and activities for people living in the west and north west of Leeds. The centre comprises of a number of projects including the Burley Lodge Advice Service which provides generalist and specialist debt, welfare benefits and housing advice, Burley Lodge Opportunities, our volunteering project which sees 100 people supported in volunteering placements each year, an exciting and well used youth project called Kids United which offers a range of evening and holiday activities for local young people aged between 13-19. Younger children are offered after school and holiday activities through the Kids United project. The centre itself had been established over 25 years and is based in a modern purpose designed and recently refurbished building. The Burley Lodge Centre is funded through nearing 20 different funders including Leeds City Council, the Co-operative Foundation and the Big lottery. Much of the work is delivered in partnership with Leeds City Council, and other voluntary sector organisations.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713

Civic welcome for Australian cricket team

The Australian cricket team will be officially welcomed to Leeds by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Judith Elliott on Tuesday.

Leeds is hosting the Fourth Test Match between England and Australia from 7 to 11 August for the first time since 2001.
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Media are invited to the Lord Mayor’s reception for the Australian Cricket Team in the Banqueting Hall, Leeds Civic Hall at 5pm on Tuesday, 4 August. Players and members of the management team will be available for photographs and interviews.
Please contact the press office on 0113 395 1578 to arrange attendance.
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A new charity, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, will also be launched at the reception. This aims to encourage community participation in cricket, provide facilities for those without the opportunity to participate, improve education for younger people and preserve and promote Yorkshire’s cricket heritage.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Elliott said:
“It gives me great pleasure to extend a civic welcome to the Australian Cricket Team on behalf of the people of Leeds.

“Having the Fourth Test Match of the Ashes series in Leeds will attract visitors from all over the world and raise the city's sporting profile both here and abroad.”


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

South African Olympic delegates get behind Leeds’ World Cup bid

Pictured are Dr Shuaib Manjra, Ms Ezera Tshabangu and Mr Vinesh Maharaj, from the South Africa Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee, who have backed Leeds' bid to be a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Leeds’ bid to be a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup has received international backing from the South Africa Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee.

Three delegates from South Africa - Ms Ezera Tshabangu, Dr Shuaib Manjra and Mr Vinesh Maharaj - were in the city as part of their country’s preparations for the London 2012 Olympics.

Leeds is being considered by the South Africans as a potential base camp during the Olympic Games.

After viewing facilities in the city - including the John Charles Centre for Sport, Leeds Metropolitan University and Leeds University’s sports facilities and the Middleton Riding for the Disabled Centre - the three delegates were only too happy to give city’s World Cup bid the thumbs up.

Speaking from Millennium Square’s Mandela Gardens this afternoon, Ms Ezera Tshabangu said:
“We have received a very friendly welcome from everybody we have met in Leeds. We have seen some excellent sporting facilities and wish Leeds the best of luck in becoming a host city for the 2018 World Cup.”

Leeds is one of 15 cities across the country which have declared an interest in hosting World Cup fixtures in nine years time if the overall England bid is successful.

Councillor Richard Brett, leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“We are committed to doing all we can to bring the World Cup to Leeds in 2018. This latest endorsement of the city is a real boost to our bid and shows the high regard that Leeds is held in around the world.”

If the bid is successful Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium would be used for matches while other towns and cities within the 11 local authorities which make up the Leeds City Region* would be used as locations for training grounds, Fan Fest sites and team bases.

The bid is being prepared by Leeds City Council, Leeds United and Marketing Leeds with the help of many other organisations.

To vote for Leeds to be one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup visit


Notes to editors:
*The Leeds City Region Partnership brings together the eleven local authorities of Barnsley, Bradford, Calderdale, Craven, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds, Selby, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire County Council.

For more information contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council, 0113 3951577,

Paul Dews, Leeds United, 0113 3676170,

Andy Carter, Leeds City Council, 0113 3950393,

Cheaper fuel bills ahead for thousands of Leeds families

Families across Leeds can look forward to cheaper fuel bills after the city was successful in its bid for better insulation in thousands of council properties.

A total of 4,280 properties managed by Leeds City Council’s three ALMOs - East North East Homes Leeds, West North West Homes Leeds and Aire Valley Homes Leeds - will benefit from a share of a national £84million central government grant.

The money is part of the government’s Social Housing Energy Saving Programme (SHESP) set up to insulate social housing and help reduce fuel bills and cut carbon emissions. It will be spent in Leeds on providing cavity wall insulation.

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member responsible for housing, said:
“We are committed to being a green council and this funding will help to reduce the CO2 emissions from thousands of our properties. Equally as important is that it will help thousands of families save money on their annual fuel bills as their homes will be better insulated, warmer and cheaper to heat.”

Through the Leeds City Region Partnership, Leeds has also received funding from the scheme for the installation of innovative eco-technologies at the Urban Eco-Settlement Trailblazer at Hunslet Riverside.


For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577