UTS is excited and proud to announce the launch of its own charitable arm – The UTS Foundation to achieve its goal of changing the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community.

The new foundation will be run by the UTS team of directors, including Dr Colin Robertson, who is the Head of the Athletic Development Centre and Research Co-ordinator for the School of Sport and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bolton; Neil Parsley, strength and conditioning coach for the GB Olympic Taekwondo squad and former Great Britain Rugby Union strength and conditioning coach and David McDermott, UTS Foundation Director and Sport Scholarship Manager at Liverpool John Moores University, who coordinates education and sport science support for Olympic and professional athletes and students.

The Foundation’s five-year vision and the purpose of the project is to provide accessible and free structured coaching, health and well-being sessions to vulnerable community groups across the Wirral and at our facility sites. The UTS Foundation will work in partnership with a range of agencies, such as the NHS, police, youth service, youth offending teams, schools, colleges and youth clubs to help and support these people. UTS also has excellent links with partner agencies and local clubs, which will allow the Foundation to signpost individuals to sports, activities, clubs and professional groups who can work with the Foundation to help these people to reach their goals and full potential.

All funds raised will be going towards the build of the new UTS Foundation which is to develop a rehabilitation and youth development centre next door to the existing UTS Hoylake facility. In addition, UTS will be seeking to transform the fields in Carr Lane, Hoylake (see our exciting images) into a fantastic all-in-one community sports and health hub, providing a range of sports and activities which are accessible to all, including

• Post cancer care patients; including structured support to help with recovery prescribed exercise for people with mental health issues, nutrition advice and support
• Older people with health issues or who are isolated and would benefit from fun, friendly sessions
• Local sports clubs who need access to top quality facilities to help them grow
• Disadvantaged and disaffected young people and adults who would benefit from free structured sessions