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The KI Links With Shine Project

Harry with staff and the young people attending the Thrive course
Harry Hutchinson (left) with staff and the young people attending the Thrive course

Poole Town FC are delighted to have pledged support to this local Dorset charity which is committed to supporting young people, aged 11 – 15, improve their physical and mental health. The Shine Project partners with schools, youth clubs and other charities to offer a choice of well being courses. The main courses for schools are split into 2.

The Shine Course has been developed for those that identify as female/non-binary whilst the Thrive Course is for those identifying as male/non-binary. These early intervention, 7-8 week courses consist of small groups exploring subjects closely related to their physical and mental health.

Last week, Club director Richard Gale and first team player Harry Hutchinson joined a Thrive class being held at Poole High school which was, that week, addressing physical fitness and healthy eating. Harry, being a full-time sports instructor, part time semi-pro footballer and lifeguard as well, was the ideal person to give the attendees good advice and encouragement about the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.

The Shine Project courses have proved to be extremely popular and the charity has now worked with 23 schools locally. The Kids Initiative is keen to continue to support these sessions, especially for schools in the Poole area, many of whom it already helps through its Schools Program.

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