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Ed Lewis

Ed Lewis writes

Posted Thursday, February 8th 2018

Bucket collection in aid of Project Inclusion

City welcome Sunderland to Ashton Gate on Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship and fixture will be raising money to support Bristol City Community Trust’s Project Inclusion.

Project Inclusion, which offers disabled children the chance to play football in a safe and fun environment, is now celebrating its first birthday after a successful 12 months of delivery.

Set up a year ago, the South Bristol Sports Centre and Somerset FA-sponsored project now has 35 regular kids involved on a weekly basis, who have embraced the chance to stay active and learn new skills.

The underlying and most important reason for the session’s delivery is so these children get to experience the sense of being a part of something; be that making friends, or learning social skills.

The Trust have seen children blossom and their social skills flourish, with shy and unsociable children now the life and souls of the party. Parents have also reported of massive improvements in their child’s behaviour at home and in school, and identify the Project Inclusion session as a key reason for this.

To run these sessions, the Trust require a lot of dedicated people. There are now eight volunteer Project Inclusion coaches at each session to help the children and without these fantastic people, the football session would not be able to run at the high standards that it does.

Volunteers will be based throughout the concourse on Saturday looking to raise funds to support this invaluable project’s delivery, so please give generously.

For more details on Project Inclusion email

A crowd of 22,000-plus is already guaranteed for City's encounter with the Black Cats and tickets remain on general sale.