I recently went to Ewan Fields, the home of Hyde FC, for the launch of their new community newspaper, Community Matters.
The paper, which they intend to deliver to around 5000 homes around Hyde and Hattersley, has been funded by a grant from the Football Conference Trust to enable local football clubs to engage in their local communities.
This project is running in conjunction with the clubs youth academy, and the paper itself will be produced by the academy students.
Some of the students that have been involved with the project came along to the launch to explain their involvement and it was clear that they were strongly engaged with the work that they are doing, and are clearly learning some valuable new skills in the process.
They will also be selling advertising space in the paper to raise money that will help pay for a community coaching programme with local schools, allowing the academy students to develop their own skills further whilst having a real impact on their local community.
This is something that Hyde FC has always been keen to do and I hope that this latest project is a great success.