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School Football Festival a blast in Wallington

Palace for Life Foundation delivered a Football Festival at Carew Academy on Wednesday 3 April for thirty students from two local specialist educational needs schools.

From the start of the 2018-19 academic year, we have delivered tailored football programmes within Link Secondary and Carew Academy to help students improve their physical literacy, football skills and peer relationships. The programme at Carew Academy is a girls-specific after school football programme whilst the programme at Link Secondary is a curriculum football session.

Students from both programmes as well as volunteers and additional students from Carew Academy met at the host school in Wallington for the Festival to make new friends, showcasing football skills and playing plenty of matches!

The day started off with a fun warm-up to spilt the students into four team and rotate them around each of our four stations: ball control, passing, shooting and dribbling every fifteen minutes.

Following a short break, the students resumed for the second hour to play in a round-robin tournament, which had tricks, flicks and goals galore!

As the final whistle blew for the last match, the teams grouped together to receive a medal each for participating in our programme and the festival.

“I had so much fun. My favourite part was shooting and playing lots of matches,” said Emily, a regular participant at our Carew Academy Girls After School Football Programme.

“This school year we have been delighted to work closely with the Palace for Life foundation. They provide weekly coaching sessions to a full range of young people from Year 7 to the sixth form. Our students thoroughly enjoy the time with skilled Palace for Life Foundation coaches. The engagement of all our students has been first rate and they are developing in confidence and improving behaviour,” added Link Secondary School Head Teacher John Riley.

For more information about our SEN School Football Programme, please contact Disability Officer Keon Richardson on 075 2222 5373 or email: KeonRichardson@palaceforlife.org

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