On Thursday 14 February, members of the FIG Management team were delighted to pay a return visit to Ölüdeniz primary school in Hisarönü to catch up with the Head Teacher, Bülent Kılıç and teaching assistant Aslı.

In early January, FIG visited the school to better understand a request for some financial support to help complete work on a new classroom. The team were very impressed by this lovely school and agreed to provide support to complete the classroom. They also agreed to  purchase some sporting goods and games to benefit the children’s education and social development.

The FIG team agreed to use the majority of the funds received from the Soul Train 2 event for this project.

Aslı was terrific as the work progressed, keeping FIG in the loop throughout with progress photos and keeping track of the expenditure.

A new classroom and sports gear

Everyone agreed that it would be great to see the completed classroom so members of the management team from FIG plus George Rimmer and his wife Christine headed to the school again.

They were warmly welcomed with çay and pastries along with lovely smiles from some of the pupils.

The team were shown the selection of balls for basketball, volleyball and netball plus some skipping ropes for playground fun and games that had been supplied by FIG. These are all sports that help boost social interaction and team working from a young age.

Charity News & Events – week ending 16 February 2019 – FIG and Soul Train 2 funds benefit school in Hisarönü Charity News & Events – week ending 16 February 2019 – FIG and Soul Train 2 funds benefit school in Hisarönü

Next was a visit to the completed classroom, which is now a truly lovely and very well equipped chess room.

Charity News & Events – week ending 16 February 2019 – FIG and Soul Train 2 funds benefit school in Hisarönü

The school explained that teaching chess to primary children is on the school curriculum in Turkey as it develops strategic thinking and aids mental development. As you can see from the photographs, the class room is very well done and is now used for official chess lessons and the newly formed chess club which already has 65 pupils signed up as members.

Charity News & Events – week ending 16 February 2019 – FIG and Soul Train 2 funds benefit school in Hisarönü

Charity News & Events – week ending 16 February 2019 – FIG and Soul Train 2 funds benefit school in Hisarönü
George and Chris Rimmer testing the new chess sets

The money FIG (and Soul Train 2) provided was used to pay for the flooring, the correct teaching chess desks, chairs and decor plus new blinds and books for the recently completed school library.

Charity News & Events – week ending 16 February 2019 – FIG and Soul Train 2 funds benefit school in Hisarönü
Left to right. Norman Clark, Chris Rimmer, Aslı, Bülent Kılıç, Ann-Marie Clark and Aimee Smithson-Lonsdale

Ann-Marie Clark from the FIG Management Team said

“It was an honour to go back to the school to see how the money was used, but more importantly to see the completed class room, hear how it is being used to directly benefit the children and see the obvious pleasure and pride the school has for this new teaching facility”

Leamington Hibernians donate football kits for local schools

At the end of last year, we brought you an article about football kits that had been donated earlier in the year by UK football club, Leamington Hibernians.

In November 2018, FIG donated the 9-12 years kits to Silkar Günlükbaşı Ortaokulu (Middle School).

The FIG management team also presented the school with the football kits for ages 5-8.

Charity News & Events – week ending 16 February 2019 – FIG and Soul Train 2 funds benefit school in Hisarönü

Heartfelt thanks from the FIG management team

The FIG management team extend heartfelt thanks to George and the Soul Train Dream Team and all of the FIG volunteers and supporters.

Positive results and influences on local children’s lives would simply not be possible without you all – thank you.

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