July 16, 2013 by Greater Manchester, News, Salford

Young people set to benefit from Big Lottery Fund grant

  • Big Lottery Fund awards Rio Ferdinand Foundation £270,820 over three years
  • Money comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Reaching Communities’ programme
  • Gang culture and anti-social behaviour to be tackled through ‘Rising Stars’ project
  • 14-19 year olds in Greater Manchester who are in care, street gangs or at risk of becoming involved in anti-social behaviour will benefit

London/Manchester, UK – The Rio Ferdinand Foundation has received a £270,820 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to tackle gang culture and anti-social behaviour to improve the prospects of disadvantaged teenagers in Salford.

The money comes from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme which helps those most in need and builds stronger communities.

404 Not Found The Rio Ferdinand Foundation will use the £270,820 grant to work with hundreds of young people aged 14 – 19 who are in care, involved in street gangs, or at risk of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour on the ‘Rising Stars’ project.

The project will improve social skills, increase access to training, education and employment through 48 weeks of sports and media activities delivered five days a week including football, cricket, dance, photography, video production and journalism.

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Those on the project will gain qualifications so they can access work placements, work with local businesses, councillors and residents, and showcase their skills and achievements in performances, events and festivals.

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Rio Ferdinand said:
“The support of the Big Lottery Fund for the Foundation’s work in Greater Manchester will provide a much needed boost for young people in some of our most disadvantaged communities. I look forward to working with the Fund over the next three years to make a long lasting impact on young people’s lives in the city.”

Helen Bullough, Head of North West, Big Lottery Fund said:
“It’s great to be working with Rio and his foundation to steer young people away from gangs and towards more positive activities which will improve their aspirations and put them on a path towards brighter futures.”

Michael Nyarko, Head of Operations, Rio Ferdinand Foundation, said:
“This funding is very much needed and gives the Rio Ferdinand Foundation the opportunity to deliver a ground-breaking and innovative project which will target some of the most hard to reach young men and women in Salford. It will be used to deliver the project which has been developed in consultation with young people from the local area supported by existing best practice.

“Rising Stars will provide a variety of positive engagement opportunities and activities supported by bespoke training with the long term aim of supporting participants into employment or education.”

For more information about the Big Lottery Fund visit the website at

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