- Festive Foxes is a fun day for children and young people with additional needs
- It follows the successful Fearless Foxes event that took place in the summer
- Various sports and creative activities were on offer
- Leicester City in the Community aim to put on more inclusion days in 2022
Families were able to either play football, bowling and curling, or opt for crafting and drama, surrounded by Christmas trees and festive music to celebrate the festive season this winter. Participants also took part in Taekwondo, including the opportunity to learn controlled martial arts techniques.
“It’s all about trying something new,” explained Eve Ralph, Inclusion Lead at Leicester City in the Community. “It can be a sport that they can have a go at here, as well as meeting new people in a different environment.
“It’s been on a smaller scale compared to the one in the summer, but the facilities at Ellesmere College are amazing, so we’re able to spread out. We’ve had some really nice feedback from people who have tried out the sport and crafts – they’ve really loved it.”
Festive Foxes was organised following the success of Fearless Foxes, an inclusive fun day that the Club’s charitable arm ran in the summer. Participants from Work For All, Leicester City in the Community’s inclusive employability programme, also volunteered at this latest event.
We’ve had some really nice feedback from people who have tried out the sport and crafts – they’ve really loved it.Eve Ralph Inclusion Lead at Leicester City in the Community
They helped with the sporting activities and assisted the coaches, as well as handing out refreshments and selling baked goods and snacks, with the money raised being donated to the Bodie Hodges Foundation.
Kieran, a Work For All participant, spoke about his volunteering experience: “Doing the work experience is fun. I’ve been helping with the sport and drama. Playing football was my favourite part because football is my favourite sport."
Leicester City in the Community has a number of inclusive sessions. These include football and multi-sport sessions for both children and adults with additional needs, as well as an employability programme to give young people with special educational needs an opportunity to enhance their employability skills.
Leicester City’s charitable arm plans to host events similar to Festive Foxes more regularly throughout 2022. To watch how the day unfolded, click HERE.
For more information on Leicester City in the Community’s EDI strategy, contact Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Sarah Alexander on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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