Wingate & Finchley FC in association with the Wingate Youth Trust aim to help and educate a wide variety of people every year through a dedicated football in the community programme. The club’s vision is to use football as a catalyst for effecting positivity in people’s lives, by delivering quality, innovative services through sport and social inclusion
The programme aims to fulfill these objectives by targeting five specific modules:
Football Development, Health, Disability, Community Development and Schools & Education.
These modules ensure a diverse approach to the programme’s delivery, whether by engaging with vulnerable people to provide educational qualifications and personal skills or increasing participation and improving the health of Barnet’s marginalised communities. The club aims to make a difference and help people achieve their goals - no matter what those goals may be.
Engaging and supporting the local community through football
Our coaching team aim to deliver a wide range of football topics including control, passing, dribbling, finishing, heading, goalkeeping and match play. Our coaches use a variety of methods to allow children to learn, develop and improve at their own pace in a group environment. The programme will allow children to experience their first steps into a fun controlled football environment with the emphasis placed on participation and enjoyment.
Initiatives to support physical and mental wellbeing
The health and well being of our local communities is of high importance and the club are committed to providing engagement and participation projects in the prevention, education and treatment of:
• Childhood obesity
• Adolescent obesity
• Getting / keeping active
• The elderly
Partnership work with key health and sports organisations is integral to the success of this module, aiding the learning outcomes and social integration within the projects. The club aim to work in partnership with health organisations to provide first phase prevention, education and treatment projects to the community whatever their age and health requirement.
Providing positive activities and respite care for disabled people and their families
Since 2008, Wingate & Finchley FC have been delivering sporting opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. The partnership programme with Barnet Mencap provides a monthly training session at the ground, and has progressed to include an affiliated team in the Camden Step League as of October 2011.
In addition, the club has worked with the Oaklodge School in the form of an eight week training camp.
The disability module will aim to maintain and enhance the existing relationships with Barnet Mencap, The DSA and Oaklodge School, as well as promote disability football on a wider regional level.
Innovative programmes to support and progress disadvantaged people and communities
The club is committed to providing engagement and participation opportunities to wide ranging communities throughout north London. These include, but are not necessarily limited to:
• Homeless and vulnerably housed
• Drug and alcohol abuse
• Ethnic minorities
• Refugees and asylum seekers
• Young People Causing Antisocial Behaviour
This work can only be achieved through a partnership approach; developing and sustaining relationships with key organisations are fundamental to the social and learning outcomes achieved. In the long term, the aim is to work in partnership with education providers to deliver a range of Vocational Qualifications and accreditations.
Schools & Education
Encouraging participation and healthy lifestyle through sports
The club currently delivers a number of school assemblies each year in conjunction with module 2.2, and attends a number of local events such as school fetes and fundraising initiatives. The football in the community team also distributes a quarterly email to all schools in the Barnet Borough offering their services as and when required. The schools & Education module aims to continue this work, and expand coaching projects at both the Abrahams Stadium and on school premises.
The football in the community programme will be managed by the Community Development manager. All football in the community staff will report to the Community Development manager who in turn will report directly to club directors. All football in the community staff will be required to obtain their FA Level 1 Coaching badge and pass a FA CRB check.
As a volunteer run club, the football in the community programme will be dictatedby the extracurricular availability of key staff; all planning and organisation will be based around sensible resourcing in order to retain integrity of services. All staff are reminded that whilst they are performing unpaid roles, all interaction with the community must be undertaken with the utmost professionalism
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