During May half term, Lincoln City Foundation embarked on its first ever ‘Action Imps’ project with 21 young people aged between 13-15. The project falls as part of a pilot study with the EFL trust, to discover the effectiveness of ‘social mixing’ to help individuals better understand and celebrate difference.
The group started their week away at Manor Adventure in Norfolk, where they participating in a variety of adventure based tasks to help challenge fears, encourage teamwork and improve confidence, self esteem and communication. The group took part in over 9 different activities! The group specifically enjoyed the high ropes challenge, giant stand-up paddle boarding and rifle shooting.
After a long weekend away and much deserved bank holiday lie in, the group reassembled on Tuesday to take part in their ‘Community spirit’ week. The group was split into 2 for an apprentice style challenge, where each team had 2 days to choose a charity and raise as much money as possible for them in whatever ways they could think of! Team 1 chose to support St Barnabas whereas group 2 chose to support Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Both teams worked exceptionally hard, displayed excellent team work skills and built fantastic relationships within the community. One group managed to get a stall in ‘The waterside Centre’ and sold cakes, tombola’s and even got themselves on the radio! Team 2 ran an online raffle after sourcing many prize donations from the community, including a signed Lincoln City FC Home Shirt! The results came in on Friday, with collectively both groups managing to raise a total of £1000 between the 2 charities, which was outstanding!
The groups were a real credit to our community and we look forward to working with them again soon. We aim to celebrate their achievements one final time at Tension VR Escape rooms, plus a separate presentation of the money raised between the 2 charities.
We would like to thank everybody who supported the groups during their Action Imps project and all of the local businesses and organisations who were kind enough to donate prizes and their time. You were crucial in their success.
We thoroughly enjoyed working on the Action Imps project and hope the results from other Football Clubs shared our success to increase the probability of being able to run the project for a second time next year!