The Northampton Saints Foundation’s Engage programme has been given a lift through the donation of a minibus by cinch.
cinch - the UK’s fastest-growing online used car marketplace - have been an Elite Partner of Northampton Saints since 2020, and have now also committed to helping young people on the Foundation’s innovative and advanced social inclusion programme, Engage.
Engage was founded in 2015 with the support of Always a Chance, and sees the Foundation work with young people aged between 10-16 to increase confidence, boost self-esteem and provide skills development opportunities that help improve life chances.
The handover took place at Franklin’s Gardens with Catherine Deans, Northampton Saints Foundation Managing Director, and Northampton Saints Ambassadors Tom Wood and Jack Fleckney.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation has seen a significant increase in the number of vulnerable young people referred to its Engage primary and secondary programmes. This increase in need has accelerated the Foundation’s growth plan, resulting in the opening of two brand new hubs, extending the Foundation’s support to even more young people.
The minibus from cinch empowers the Foundation to transport up to nine people from its Franklin’s Gardens hub to their practical-based activities, adding more positive experiences to everyday life, and opening up new pathways that will help improve their futures.
“We are very grateful to cinch for this incredible support. Our work with young people is always important, but the journey through and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic is creating a demand like never before. We want to help all young people who need us, and the support of cinch in this way enables us to do just that.”Catherine Deans, Northampton Saints Foundation Managing Director
cinch aim to take the faff out of buying a used car completely online, and are an Elite Partner of Northampton Saints, with the cinch brand appearing on the Team’s home and away kit, as well as on the ‘cinch Stand’ at Franklin’s Gardens.
Avril Palmer-Baunack, Chairman of Constellation Automotive Group, cinch owners, said “It is great that we’ve been able to provide this minibus to the Saints Foundation and the young people of Northamptonshire it so vitally supports. We look forward to working with them over the years to come.”