Stones in the Community – Update
A timely update on the work of the WFC Foundation Trust……..
Soccer In Schools Initiative
Prior to the Easter holidays Wealdstone FC recommenced the innovative Numeracy and Football Course aimed at Year 3 primary school pupils. We were delighted that 90 children participated each week for 5 weeks in numeracy and activity lessons. The numeracy lessons are being run by the school teachers and the activity sessions are being led by Wealdstone FC players Eddie Oshodi, Omar Koroma and Nathan Mavila.
The Numeracy and Football programme is a maths and football related course for primary school Year 3 children that links numeracy maths lessons to activity sessions run by Wealdstone Football Club coaches. The aim is to create an add-on teaching mechanism that, by linking football based activity sessions to the application of mathematics helps enthuse young schoolchildren to assist them in absorbing the basics of maths in an enjoyable setting. It involves 45 minute football skills/coaching sessions being complimented by 45 minutes of football themed numeracy lessons.
After the Easter break the pace hot’s up with sessions being run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the morning for a six-week period with former Wycombe Wanderers defender and Stones player Ryan Sellars also joining the coaching team. Wealdstone FC will be running the sessions at Aylward School in Stanmore, Roxeth primary school at Harrow on the Hill and Lady Bankes school in Ruislip Manor.
In each of those schools the club will be working with 90 children so a total of 270 children for the six week period.
Tea Dancing at the Vale
As a new initiative to their expanding community activities, Wealdstone FC have submitted a grant application for ‘Tea Dancing at the Vale’ and the club should hear the outcome of the application in early May. The club is confident that the application will be successful and is looking to commencing these sessions.
We are continuing with the successful Walking Football sessions at Botwell Green Leisure centre on a Thursday lunchtime.
Walking football on a Wednesday evening progresses and we were delighted to announce that a team from this group won the regional final in the FA People’s Cup for Walking Football but unfortunately just losing out in the semi-final of the tournament.
The Wealdstone FC Foundation Trust is funding participant entry fees for the first six weeks of a new joint Hillingdon Stroke Association/Middlesex FA/GL Leisure and WFC Foundation Trust walking football session at Botwell Green Leisure Centre on a Tuesday lunchtime for recovering stroke sufferers.
Wealdstone FC Foundation Trust Director Nick Symmons said: “Wealdstone FC has always been a club immersed in the communities it has served. With the formation of the Wealdstone FC Foundation Trust we are now privileged to be able to offer activities directly to members of the local community, both young and old and those who have suffered the debilitating effects of a stroke, that have both physical and social benefits. Although early days for the Foundation Trust we look forward to being able to continue to expand our activities in the future”
Wealdstone Football Club is fully committed to working in the community via its Foundation Trust and continues to work closely with local authorities and many local charitable groups and associations.