Community

Our Leicester roots are very important to us and we actively do our best to give back to the local community.  Below are some of the ways we are doing this:

 

Advanced Football Development Academy

Leicestershire Cares

Sir Andrew Martin Trust

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Advanced Football Development Academy

 

Local football legends,  Steve Walsh and Muzzy Izzet, have teamed up with PTC Sports to provide young local footballers with a once in a life time opportunity to live their dreams.  At Walker & Son, we are the proud sponsors of this initiative, providing funds to support the purchase of equipment and facilities for the academy.

The 2 former premier league footballers and Leicester City FC legends are spearheading the football academy for youngsters aged 16-18 which will help develop and nurture football skills at the Advanced Football Development Academy (AFDA).

AFDA offers the opportunity of gaining  BTEC qualifications, which will help the candidates gain a career in the sports coaching or Physical Education environments.  In addition, f there is a field training aspect to the programme,  enabling candidates to broaden their playing skills and fitness through developing all aspects of football.

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Leicestershire Cares

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As one of the largest employers in Leicester,  all Samworth Brothers’ sites take an active role in the community and Leicestershire Cares provides a valuable link between us and those who can benefit from our help.

We have been involved in a wide range of local schemes, including the following:

  • Interview Technique Workshops:  Working with local schools to provide practice and feedback interview sessions for 15 to 18 year olds.
  • ‘Right to Read’ and ‘Number Partners’:  After-school projects where volunteers from the business go to local primary schools, encouraging and aiding children with reading and numeracy games.
  • Team Challenges: Our team have been exchanging their suits for overalls helping to redecorate community facilities, such as nurseries, Elderly homes and clubs for those with disabilities.
  • Collect for Christmas: Eachyear our staff donate simple everyday items to form starter packs for those less fortunate in the community.
  • Work Opportunity Scheme: Weprovide opportunities for individuals struggling to secure employment through work placements in our business- offering experience, references, and potential permanent employment.
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Sir Andrew Martin Trust

The Sir Andrew Martin Trust for young people was founded in 1995, in memory of a patron of Leicestershire.  The trust supports the aspirations and needs of both young individuals and voluntary organisations within the area.

On application,  young individuals between the ages of 12-21 can receive grants to overcome financial or personal disadvantages,  such as disabilities or health issues, learning difficulties and special education needs, in order to pursue and develop their interests, be it sport, travel or education.

The trust also supports voluntary youth organisations which are making significant contributions to benefit young people in the Leicestershire and Rutland region.

Examples of individuals and groups who have received funding recently include:

  • A young carer supporting a mother with enduring mental problems, to fulfil his dream of learning kick-boxing;
  • A party of young Baptists going to Nepal to work with homeless ‘street kids

Walker and Son are honoured to have helped the trust since its creation, undertaking the administration of applications and submissions and providing any ongoing support that might be required.

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