Students receive ‘Premier League’ support

Students receive ‘Premier League’ support

AFC Bournemouth Community Trust spent the day at the Wey Valley School working with students in Years 9, 10 and 11 as part of a mentoring project.  Students took part in RESPECT workshops, practical sessions and for Year 11 students, a focused session on coaching opportunities in football.

Ben Sutton, football coach from Bournemouth, said: “it was a very productive day with some standout performances from the students.  We are very pleased with the outcomes from the programme with a number of students now enquiring about the courses that Bournemouth offer students when they leave school. 

The RESPECT programme with AFC Bournemouth Community Trust was organised by Anna Hines, Progress Mentor at the school. Mrs Hines added ‘this is one of many programmes and workshops available to students at the school to develop their confidence and resilience inside and outside of school.  The day has been a great success!’

Year 11 student Joe Walden said: ‘it was a great session with the coaches, the outdoor session included football training and the theory sessions looked at applying ‘respect on the football pitch’ to referees as part of everyday life, including in school’.  

Reegan Murphy, also in Year 11 added: ‘the coaching team were really good and all students came away from the session with a better understanding on positive behaviour’.

Marie Claridge, Head of PE added ‘the students demonstrated good teamwork during the day and workshop content has had a positive impact on our students.  We hope to further establish links with AFC Bournemouth as many sporting attributes, such as leadership and teamwork underpin the good characteristics of our student’.

Sara Adams, Acting Principal said: ‘I would like to thank the team from AFC Bournemouth for their support throughout the day.  This ‘out of school’ opportunity will enrich our students’ appreciation of positive behaviour, which will further develop them into good role models for all our students as well as the wider community’.