Students at Portfield School have been enjoying dedicated football coaching sessions with AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust.
The community arm of the Premier League Football Club works with local schools that have students with special educational needs and disabilities to provide free specialist football coaching through the Partnered Schools Scheme.
The 6 week programme involves 5 weeks of football coaching for students, as well as a tour of the Vitality Stadium. We kicked off the partnership with 16 students who thoroughly enjoyed the first coaching session which took place on 10th January.
Katie Francis, our Health and Wellbeing Manager said; “We’re delighted to be working with AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust. It’s a fantastic opportunity for our students to benefit from football coaching that’s specially tailored to them. From building confidence, to learning about being part of a team and feeling the benefits of exercise, the programme is really positive for our students.”
The scheme ties in with our recently launched Autism Friendly Football campaign. Backed by former Premier League Football Manager and Autism Wessex Ambassador Harry Redknapp, the campaign aims to ensure that football is open to everyone. There is a free Toolkit available for football clubs of all sizes, which contains an easy step by step guide to becoming more autism friendly. AFC Bournemouth is supporting the campaign, which kicked off with autism awareness training for over 100 of its stewards and front of house staff.
Hannah Powis, Disability Inclusion Officer at AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust said; “We feel strongly that football is for everyone. This scheme is a great way that we can reach out to young people with special educational needs and disabilities locally and bring specialist football coaching to them. We’re really enjoying working with the students at Portfield.”
For further information about the Autism Friendly Football campaign and to register for a free club Toolkit please click here.