Torquay United Community Sports Trust has had to postpone the majority of their activities due to the lockdown - but that hasn’t stopped some staff from being busy supporting the Torbay community.

Torquay United-themed education packs for youngsters across TorbayTorquay United-themed education packs for youngsters across Torbay

A number of staff have had to be furloughed temporarily but community manager Jamie McInnes and assistant manager Matt Anthony have continued to been out and about helping the community.

The trust’s large database of families have been given football challenge cards and activity videos follow, along with bi-weekly newsletters, via TUCST’s various social media platforms.

Despite the closure of schools, TUCST have continued to deliver daily sport sessions for the children of key workers at Barton Hill Academy.

Jamie McInnes said: “We are scheduled to resume provision in two more of our partner primary schools as the phased reopening begins on June 1.”

TUCST have been supporting partner schools, and the wider community with home schooling, by producing and distributing Torquay United-themed education packs for children in Key Stages 1 and 2.

“These have been very well received and are designed to engage with all children, particularly those with an interest in football, and include English, maths, PHSE and art activities,” said Jamie.

Some of the trust’s potentially more vulnerable participants, including our Torquay United Inspirations disability footballers, have had regular contact from TUCST staff through phone calls or emails. The Senior Gulls group for over-50s have taken part in virtual events, including a sports quiz. “It’s crucial to help combat social isolation and loneliness during these particularly tough times” added Jamie.

TUCST staff have also been volunteering with the Torbay Coronavirus Community Helpline, delivering shopping deliveries and collecting prescriptions, and supporting the Torbay Sunflower Trail, initiated by Torbay Community Development Trust and Positive People Devon.

“So far, we have delivered more than 50 sunflower kits to families across Torbay,” said Jamie.

“We are constantly exploring ways in which we can further support the community during this time.”

Anyone who feels Torquay United Community Sports Trust can be of help to them, should email jamiemcinnes@torquayunited.com