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30 May 2023


The Lions’ Foundation achieved a significant milestone last week, as it celebrated surpassing 1,000 children in completing its Jose Kenga Diversity and Inclusion Programme across Greater Manchester.

The bespoke six to eight week course, which consists of a tag rugby programme combined with educational resources and workshops for young people – targeting the causes of hate crime, racism, youth violence and bullying – as well as supporting national curriculum science and nutrition, and the workings of the human body.

Godfrey Ermen Memorial School in Eccles was the latest school to complete the programme which it marked with the holding of a celebration assembly. In total some 112 pupils from year three and year five received certificates of participation, along with the gift of a free season ticket to watch Swinton Lions. Dana the Lion was also on hand to assist!

The Lions’ Director of Community Development, Damian Ridpath, said, “This is a fantastic milestone that has been completed in just over a year since schools re-opened their doors again to outside visitors post-Covid. We initially received funding from the RFL to roll out this programme to provide a positive outcome arising from what was originally an unfortunate incident involving our former player Jose Kenga, whom the project was named after. The project which has received significant positive feedback from schools and teachers has provided us with a tremendous success story, and we will continue to deliver it across Greater Manchester. If your Primary or Secondary school is interested in learning more about this inspirational and hugely positive programme, then please contact me via [email protected]


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