Teaming up with Football Beyond Borders
A lucky group of our Year 8 students recently started a new long-term programme that we are running with Football Beyond Borders – a charity which uses the power of football to support young people to finish school with the skills and grades to make a successful transition into adulthood.
The programme is delivered to groups of up to 16 students, beginning in Year 8, and combines weekly two-hour sessions divided between one hour in the classroom and one hour on the football pitch alongside therapeutic interventions and half-termly reward visits.
Each FBB Schools programme is delivered by an expert, disciplinary team consisting of an experienced teacher / behaviour specialist, an adolescent counsellor / therapist, a Level 2 / UEFA B football coach.
After the first session, Mr Blagbrough (one of Year 8’s Learning & Pastoral Support Officers) said, ‘The boys engaged extremely well and gave it their all in the first session that got them speaking and thinking about resilience in situations in their life and how to overcome adversity. They replicated the famous Liverpool fight back against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals on the pitch.’ Mr Blagbrough noticed leadership skills emerging from students who sometimes struggle in the classroom, and he is seeing an improvement in their learning.