In July 2016 Prince Harry paid a visit to Wigan last week and took in three Forever Manchester funded community sports projects: The Blair Project, Fix It and Cast North West.

Forever Manchester supported these organisations from their early days and it’s fantastic to see them going from strength to strength and being recognised for the work they are doing in their communities.

The Blair Project increases participation in grassroots motorsports by innovating low cost solutions to make it more affordable and accessible for talented young drivers, mechanics and engineers to reach the highest levels in the sport. Forever Manchester awarded £500 for branded clothes for the kids to help unite them as a team and raise awareness of the group locally.

They work closely with Fix It who offer training and support in car mechanics qualifications for hard to reach and young people not in employment, education or training.  They’ve received funding from Forever Manchester managed funds, the Fairshare Trust and Comic Relief in the past to recruit trainers and to run sessions for school leavers.

For fishing fans, Prince Harry also visited Cast North West, an organisation unique in the North West, which offers young people fishery management courses as an alternative way of learning, taking them out of the towns and cities and into an environment where they can learn about the natural world. It has also been funded by Forever Manchester managed funds including the Local Network Fund and Fairshare.

Neil Farnworth from Cast North West said:

“It was really enjoyable. He makes you feel so relaxed and that’s the important part of being a Royal. You can open up and you don’t feel you’re under pressure in any way. He was so impressed that he’s going back to tell his Dad to try and get him down!

“Obviously angling is an excellent tool to build up relationships and to build confidence. They take part in work-based stuff which gives them the confidence to go into the big wide world and hopefully get employment.

“We are a big family here, we all come here and enjoy it but we all get something out of it too. That could be from learning new skills to developing our education in a different way. You become part of something rather than being an isolated person.”