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GOOD NEWS - 20th July

With the start of the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, we've been sharing some of the local opportunities for women and girls to play and enjoy football and other sports.


Fleetwood Town Wrens Ladies FC are recruiting to their squad to play competitively next season. They run three teams for ages 16 years upward with UEFA B level and specialist goalkeeping coaches, training and playing at the Poolfoot Complex in Thornton Cleveleys.


The Wrens are working in partnership with Fleetwood Town Community Trust and the Fleetwood Town Flyers Walking Mens Football Club to offer women the chance to play a slower version of the game. Walking football for women (ages 18+) is at Poolfoot on Thursday evenings. The first month is free then it's just £2pp per session. Again, you can get involved by filling in an online form here or email community@fleetwoodtownfc.com


Younger players at Primary School age, perhaps new to football and inspired by The England Lionesses can start to play and develop a love of the game with fun and supportive sessions hosted by Fleetwood Town Juniors FC and Fleetwood Gym FC (click on the links for their respective Facebook pages).


And it's not just football ...


Fleetwood RUFC Ladies and Fleetwood Cricket & Sports Club Ladies are welcoming newcomers to play and socialise - again click on the links to find out more about what they offer, both are organising fun events in Summer as an introduction to their clubs.


Fleetwood Town Community Trust and Wyre Council are working together to improve the matchday experience of fans at Highbury Stadium next season.


Supporters with additional needs can collect one of the new 'Sensory Packs' including headphones and other items. These are free of charge, available from the Trust's stand at the ground before games but should be reserved in advance. > For more details see the article here.


Residents and visitors can now also enjoy the use of a new Changing Places facility on The Promenade, officially opened this week.


Located by the Central Car Park, adjacent to the Fleetwood Beach Wheelchairs base, this is specifically designed to accommodate anyone with additional support needs which are not met through standard accessible facilities.Funding comes from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK, supported by Fleetwood Town Council and Wyre Council. Danfo has provided this new facility and generously agreed to clean and maintain the unit.


There's some fantastic opportunities coming out of the Fleetwood High Street Heritage Action Zone project led by Fleetwood Museum and their partners.


There’s already stunning artwork on the high street, shaped by the Town's unique heritage and created by artists Laura Kate-Draws and Christian Fenn aka SecaOne in collaboration with residents - next up are a series of photography workshops.Join artist Claire Walmsley Griffiths to explore your creativity through photography - you can have a go at using a DSLR camera and use your own camera or phone to captture images will be shared as part of the Picturing High Streets project later in the year.


With the schools breaking up for the holidays we'll keep you regularly updated of What's On, starting with ... our friends at Affinity Lancashire have a full 'Summer of Fun' including a mini-golf course, face-painting, a climbing wall, inflatables, shows and much more! > Visit their website for more information.


After a couple of shorter weeks, we are open as usual in our Wellbeing & Community Information Centre at Affinity with several drop-in events coming up ...


Tomorrow, Friday 21st July, as part of our weekly Chatter Cafe we welcome Anne from the Fleetwood Blue Plaques Project, taking your suggestions for local buildings to receive recognition for their historical importance and their affection within the community. It's also the monthly West Fleetwood Computer Clinic - pop in (11am - 1.30pm) for FREE advice on your digital device and for tips on data storage and protection.


The lovely team from Autism Initiatives host their pottery workshop on Tuesday 25th - call in between 11am and 2pm to buy and paint a gift or take it away for fun at home.


On Wednesday 26th, we are joined by creative artist Tina Dempsey who is helping to create Fleetwood's 'Little Book of Hope' - a collection of stories about the human experience of loss, grief, courage, recovery and hope. The book will become a free local resource that aims to offer comfort, support and connection for anyone that needs it. If you'd like to be involved, chat with Tina from 1pm to 3pm.


Looking further ahead ... we will be holding a MacMillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning in our Centre on Friday 29th September. Save the date for now ... more news to follow! And finally, our thanks again to the team of volunteers who spent many, many hours of their time planning for the Fleetwood Festival of Transport. Circumstances meant the event was cancelled but that takes nothing away from the commitment they all made on behalf of the community. Here's to next year's event. Keep sending in your Good News and until the next time, take care.


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