The Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the only organisation dedicated to providing support and resource for former mining communities, has appointed Kat Clarke as Development Manager of Game On, the award-winning Sport for Change programme.

Kat will be responsible for the management and delivery of Game On (England), re-establishing the programme with an initial focus of developing provision throughout the coalfield communities in Yorkshire.

Game On provides young people from some of the most disadvantaged coalfield communities with access to structured football sessions, which encourages positive social engagement and learning through a healthy, popular and active pastime.

Kat has been actively involved in sport throughout her life and currently plays for Long Eaton United, who compete in the Women’s FA Premier League. Having previously worked for Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Kat was responsible for connecting, influencing and providing support for sport and physical activity in the Yorkshire region.

Kat Clarke comments: “I’m really looking forward to re-establishing the Game On programme in England. Game On has played a significant role in addressing the growing health, skills and employment inequalities that former coalmining communities face.”

“As a life long football fan and player of the sport I know first hand the impact it can have on self esteem and the part it can play in preventing anti-social behaviour. I’m looking forward to creating a positive impact in the coalfield communities and seeing the programme expand in the years to come.”

Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Kat is a great addition to the team and we’re all really excited about the plans for Game On as we start to work with new delivery partners across the region.

“The programme has had such a positive impact and has delivered some incredible results, which have been found to tackle anti-social behaviour whilst also improving the general health and fitness of the young people that take part.

“Kat’s involvement in sporting activities and her own sporting experience means she will be a fantastic role model for everyone taking part and will play a pivotal role in expanding Game On across former coalmining communities.”