“Three hundred children, 16 days and activities at two venues – we have one hell of a summer ahead,” said James Lawson, chairman of Ramsgate FC.
The club again participates in the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) program which is generally government funded and aims to address food poverty, inactivity, isolation and learning loss among children, through activities and the provision of a hot meal. and healthy snacks.
Thanet’s HAF program is for children who receive benefit-linked free school meals; from year 1 to year 11 (age 4-16).
And Ramsgate FC have pulled out all the stops this year. The club partnered with Cliftonville Elementary School. So there are two activity sites, but youngsters will also take part in various day trips, including to Dover Castle and Monkton Nature Reserve.
In addition, the club has laptops from the EKC group, which will be given free of charge to children who need them. There will also be free family breakfasts, arts and crafts, dance, sports and forest schools.
Youngsters visiting the club’s WW Martin Stadium will also be able to enjoy the new 3G surface and terrace following a £1m investment over the past year.
James, whose father Richard owned the club since 1985 and was manager for around 25 years before stepping back in 2013, said: “It’s a really nice space to visit and watch football from. We also have a very good football team and the main reason for this club is to encourage children to become active and to perform at their best.
“We don’t just want the kids to be on the program, we want them to be part of the club, watching games at the stadium, getting involved. We want to build relationships with local families and grow our programs.”
This community commitment extends to offering free entry to seven pre-season home games with the first this afternoon (July 9) against Kennington (3pm kick-off).
Saturday morning soccer schools are also back, at WW Martin Community Stadium with Sammy Moore of 1-1 Coaching from 9-10 a.m. The sessions are aimed at young people aged 5 to 11, the cost is £3 per child.
To reserve a place in the HAF programme, use the Wonde voucher issued by your child’s school and select RFC Summer of Fun – Cliftonville Primary School or RFC Summer of Fun – Stadium
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Rams face the winner of SCEFL Rusthall or Southern Combination Premier Loxwood in the FA Cup preliminary round on August 20.
Former youth goalkeeper Josh Bexon is back with the Rams ahead of the 2022/23 Isthmian League season. Bexon, 24, said: “It’s good to be back and playing for the club because I have good memories of being here.
“I played here in a strong youth team with Alfie Paxman and James Brown, after I left I got a scholarship to Southend and learned a lot and developed my game as a goalkeeper.
“The terrain has changed a lot since then, the terrain is much flatter.
“Everyone at the club wants to be successful and it shows in the dressing room. Everyone is extremely positive and the guys have been fantastic in pre-season.”
The 24-year-old played for the Rams as a youngster before moving to Southend United following a positive display for Kent Rep’s side against the Shrimpers. Bexon had loan spells at Austrian club Kitzbuhel as well as Harlow and Cambridge City before joining Dover Athletic in 2022, wearing the number one shirt for Andy Hessenthaler’s side during their National League campaign.
Bexon makes his debut against Kennington today (July 9).
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