In September, participants from Fulham Football Club Foundation’s My Future Goal programme worked with a local primary school to plan a special event for their pupils.
The process of arranging a new and innovative event allowed the young people involved to develop skills in coaching, event planning and organisation in a professional, real-life setting. The young people, aged 16–25, had never done anything like this before and organised and delivered a multi skills event for pupils from Avonmore Primary School in Hammersmith & Fulham, supported by qualified Foundation staff as part of the 10-week project they were enrolled in.
The My Future Goal project is a sport and employability programme, run by Fulham FC Foundation and funded by Barclays Spaces for Sport, targeting young people who are not in education, employment or training. It aims to increase employment opportunities by helping them learn life skills such as communication and team work, as well as giving them work related training. The young people organised the event from start to finish involving all aspects of the day, from preparing session plans for each group and activity, to handing out prizes to all the pupils at the end.
Avonmore Primary, a partner school of Fulham FC Foundation, had the opportunity for 60 pupils to be involved in the event delivered at Bishops Park and Katie Jewers and Touria Chaouki, Year Four and Five teachers from the school, commented: “A big thank you to Fulham Football Club Foundation! Everyone had a great day, and this is down to the enthusiastic and friendly coaches. We look forward to hopefully working with you again in the future.”
Steven Day, Fulham FC Foundation CEO, commented: “The event was very beneficial for the participants; it enabled them to learn new skills in a real life environment where good organisation and safety were of the highest importance. This is the first time we have involved a local primary school in the project and it has been very successful. We hope to run similar events in the future offering opportunities to participants from our programmes with support from local community partners.”
The next cohort for the ‘My Future Goal’ programme will start in January; applicants who are interested in enrolling on the programme will need to attend an open day.
For more information on these please contact Fulham FC Foundation on 0870 442 5432.