Tranmere Rovers Football Club are pleased to announce a new partnership has been agreed with Wirral Council to help benefit the local community.
The new agreement signifies another positive move in a longstanding strong relationship between the football club and the local council.
The objective for both parties is to work closely together in order to develop and deliver a comprehensive and diverse range of community initiatives.
From programmes focused towards training and employment opportunities, to sessions to help those with mental or physical health problems, the aim is to make a positive difference to the lives of the people in Wirral. In addition, there will be a strong focus towards offering social inclusion and health initiatives, for example, sessions to help those with drug and alcohol misuse.
The partnership will also see necessary improvements to the Recreation Centre at Prenton Park in order to continue to be an important community hub and a location for Club and Council initiatives to take place. The facility includes a full-sized multi-sport hard court, a community café and gym, four classrooms and two social suites.
In 2019, more than 800 people used the Recreation Centre each week and it is currently the base for the football club’s official charity, Tranmere Rovers in the Community. Alongside this, nearly 100 adults and juniors play in Tranmere Rovers in the Community’s weekly disability football sessions, 205 young adults on TRIC’s NCS programme and more than 60 learners have taken part in volunteering courses have benefitted by using the Recreation Centre.
Cllr Janette Williamson, Cabinet member for Finance and Resources said: “It is particularly poignant that we are being asked to support this project just a couple of days before Christmas – at this time of year social isolation is even more difficult.
“I am pleased we have this opportunity to be able to work with the Club, supporting them to help such a wide range of residents.
“The Recreation Centre at Prenton Park delivers a whole range of functions and services that would otherwise fall on the Council and its budgets to fund. By providing this small capital grant to the Club to enable the centre to be a first-class venue for community services, this enables cost avoidance on the council’s revenue budgets.”
Tranmere Rovers Chairman Mark Palios added: “The Club has always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Wirral Council and I am pleased we can come together more formally to help those in need. This partnership between Tranmere Rovers Football Club and Wirral Council will support and enhance our work with and for the local community.”
The move follows on from the agreement in September between Wirral Council and Tranmere Rovers to enter a formal partnership to work together. A report on the proposal is due to be considered by Wirral Council cabinet on Monday 23rd December.