young girls cheering as part of the RAF Airplay fund

11 August 2021

YMCA Black Country Group join a collaboration of YMCA’s celebrating securing a 4-year contract to deliver the RAF Benevolent Fund’s flagship Airplay programme! Airplay is approaching its 11th birthday and is designed to help meet the social, recreational and developmental needs of over 11,000 children and young people of the serving RAF family.

YMCA Black Country Group will be responsible for delivering Airplay across RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury our CEO Steve Clay said “We are delighted to be involved in delivering the National AirPlay contract with other YMCA’s across England, Wales and Scotland, providing an exciting opportunity to work across both RAF Cosford and RAF Shawbury.  This will provide a new dynamic to our existing youth work, one which we hope to grow and develop as we reach more young people on the RAF bases.”

Airplay and Ben Clubs is the RAF Benevolent Fund’s youth support scheme, providing youth club sessions on RAF stations and access to the digital platform Airplay Connect, developed for children living away from stations. Growing up as part of a military family has its challenges, as parents often spend long periods away from home, and children are required to move school and home frequently. Airplay aims to address these issues by providing a safe place for youngsters to spend time with their peers, with support on hand if needed.

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