Leigh Park in Hampshire has been our Hampshire home since we started operating in the area in 2014. Here we deliver the Big World Impact Programme for young people aged primarily 9 to 19. The team is based at Leigh Park Community Centre and last year we extended our reach to Hayling Island, and we predict further growth over the coming years.
ACN provides weekly sports, arts and cultural activities, accredited training, personal and social development, regular youth forums, and awareness-raising workshops which tackle relevant community issues with a focus on supporting the Safer Communities agenda.
We’ve developed an exceptionally close partnership with Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Hampshire Police. Other strong partnerships include Hampshire Borough Council, Hampshire County Council’s Children Services team and the Tennis Foundation.
Our work with local sports clubs and arts-based organisations has resulted in widespread recognition and positive press coverage.
Currently ACN is working with 15 local schools and colleges to provide ongoing placements, and we’re closely involved with several faculties at the University of Portsmouth.