Tackling Sunderland’s problems through football

Paul and Brenda Tweddle, their Kids Matta charity has been running activities in Barnes Park, they are hoping to start using the Silksworth Lakes and are pictured with the Chair of the Friends of Silksworth Lakes Coun Alan Wright.
Paul and Brenda Tweddle, their Kids Matta charity has been running activities in Barnes Park, they are hoping to start using the Silksworth Lakes and are pictured with the Chair of the Friends of Silksworth Lakes Coun Alan Wright.
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A CHILDREN’S charity is reaching out to some of Sunderland’s most deprived youngsters through football.

Kids Matta aims to help kids from socially-deprived backgrounds.

It has organised a 10-week course in partnership with the Foundation Of Light for some of Sunderland’s most needy kids.

Paul Tweddle, 48, from Ford Estate, and his wife Brenda, 46, have worked with the foundation to deliver a course that will teach the children valuable life skills.

Paul said: “They will be working with their peers to learn skills they need not only at school, but in every part of life.

“Some of these children are unable to demonstrate skills like these.

“It will help them achieve day-to-day at school and outside of school.”

The dedicated charity man has also devoted part of his home to Kids Matta to save funds that could be put into the charity.

Paul said: “We were based in Pallion, but it was costing quite a bit each month to rent the space and I thought the money could be better spent, so the back part of my house has become the office. We’ve cut the costs right down to a bare minimum.”

The charity started in 2009 and at first, was a community group with charitable status, but later became a fully-fledged children’s charity.

The charity also offers activities in Barnes Park and Herrington Country Park as well as cinema and theatre visits.

Another opportunity for the children is a five- night trip to Derwent Hill.

Paul said: “We’ve raised a lot of funds to get the children away for this.

“It’s a chance to get them away from home and have a little holiday, something they would not normally get. They will learn lots of new skills and have some fun as well.”

Matt Hill, head of lifelong learning with the Foundation of Light, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming families to the Stadium of Light to take part in our Family Learning through Football programme. “Thanks must go to Sunderland City Council, which funds the programme and to Kids Matta for helping us reach even more families.”

Places are still available for the 10-week course. For more details call Paul on 07737 691 540.

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