BT Supporters Club Launches Foundation Partnership
BT Sport’s The Supporters Club, the broadcaster’s charitable initiative, as part of its innovative partnership with the Premier League, is supporting Newcastle United Foundation to help local school children enhance their opportunities in life and education through the power of football.
After successful initiatives with Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, BT Sport’s The Supporters Club and the Premier League have provided substantial backing for Newcastle United Foundation to launch their latest innovative social change programme, 5 A Side. The project targets students most in need of additional support or alternative educational curriculums including students who are in SEN schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRU) those at risk of exclusion/expulsion or those who have particularly low educational attainment. The students who participate will typically have multiple and complex needs relating to their home lives, personal development and educational attainment/aspirations.
The film and The Supporters Club’s partnership with Newcastle United Foundation was launched today, through a visit by Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, to the Newcastle United Training centre, to join in and demonstrate some training drills to the kids. The project will be the feature of BT Sport’s latest short film where we meet Garry Wells, a student at Moorbridge PRU, who has struggled in the past with behavioural issues but has excelled through football, thanks to the work done by The Supporters Club and Premier League.
Garry had issues with his behaviour both in and out of school, displaying incidents of aggressive behaviour towards his peers and was frequently in trouble with the police. He came to the school in January 2015, after being diagnosed with ADHD, and has since built strong relationships with staff who help him through difficult situations. Garry now regularly represents Moorbridge at sporting and team building events, where his behaviour has always been excellent. Whilst attending a residential trip at the end of the school year last year, he took part in various outdoor activities that took him out of his comfort zone; he rose to the challenges of climbing, high ropes and an obstacle course which in turn gave him a huge boost in confidence. Garry views sport, and in particular football, as something he is good at, and this must be at the forefront of any strategy to engage and motivate him.
Thanks to the backing of The Premier League and the BT Sport’s The Supporters Club, up to 546 13-18 year olds from all backgrounds will participate in the three year project with Newcastle United Foundation. The short film will air on Saturday 7th November ahead of the Magpies trip to Bournemouth live on BT Sport 1 from noon, as well as on The Supporters Club YouTube channel.
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