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Community Trust Term One Update

15 November 2018

Term One round-up.

As we have now begun our second term of delivery within the community for this academic year, we thought it would be good to tell you all about term 1. We have many projects which stem from three lead departments, these are; School Sports, Special Projects (Inclusion), and Grassroots. So here's an overview of some of the things we have been up to:

School Sports - Over autumn term 1, we have seen a huge increase in the interest of our Primary Stars programme, in particular our intervention class and PSHE lessons.

We have been able to work closely with schools to tailor the Primary Stars programmes to suit the needs of the school and pupils, helping both to increase not only academic levels but also social skills have improved, attendance has increased and overall behaviour of pupils has improved.

These are just some of the areas that Primary Stars has been helping to improve within schools, as well as being able to provide a variety of coaching skills during curriculum and extra-curriculum sessions, increasing pupil participation in PE and sports in general. The support given by the schools has been second to none and is appreciated massively in regards to getting the best outcomes from each child.

Girls Football - Girls football is something we are very impressed with, the hard work put in by the local schools and our own Grassroots club in promoting this has been huge in ensuring the success.

Schools signed up include Woodhey, St Monica's, Elton High School and Philips High School. This success is reflecting greatly in the quality of football that local grassroots teams are playing, all the way from the U9's to the Bury Women's First Team who, under new management, are really flourishing and playing some good, quality football.

Autumn term has kicked-off this year's Premier League Girls Football sessions with great success in all sessions, seeing over 20 girls attending each session.

The schools part of the programme delivers to 11+ year olds and works on all skills, from basics to complex, but also in improving friendships and social groups through the power of football.

Whilst this term has seen our Girls Football programme excel in teenage groups, we want to be able to push out into the wider community, looking to deliver sessions with adults, getting them back into the beautiful game and use football as a basis for general fitness with our Soccer-size sessions.

Specialist Projects - Over the past few months, we have seen our Walking Football session continue to increase in success. We have been able to grow from one team to three teams; Over 60's, Over 65's and Over 70's!

Along with developing numbers, we have seen the most amazing friendships form through the sessions and continue outside of these, with lots of social events and meets. Alongside these, we have seen the general health of participants increase, with weight loss, increase in joint movement, reduction in side-effects from long-term illnesses and mental health symptoms decrease.

Within Special Projects, both of our junior and open age Ability Counts teams kicked-off their league seasons. It has been a difficult start to the season mainly due to the growth in numbers and ability of the league, however it has so far been an enjoyable experience. We have a number of new players that have joined us who are settling in nicely and impressing in training.

Match Day Activities - At the beginning of the 2018/19 season, the Trust launched the Premier League Kid's Zone. Located within the Football College's classroom in Starkies, the room is designed to be a safe and welcoming environment, in which our Grassroots teams and children from our other projects can mingle and enjoy a pre-match experience.

They are able to play games such as pool, table football and FIFA, not only that but the Bury FC mascot, Peeler, is usually in attendance, not to mention special guests from the Bury FC first team. Dominic Telford, Dougie Nyaupembe, Tom Miller and Gold Omotayo to name a few have been in to answer questions and compete in friendly competitions with the children, an experience which some will never forget.

Thank you to everybody that has helped in making term 1 so successful!

If you would like to get involved in any of these projects, please contact our Projects Manager Donna Godwyn - or call 07710098728

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