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PL Inspires

Young people aged 16–25 years old can progress onto the Palace for Life Foundation’s ‘flagship’ PL Works Programme to access a range of industry specific skills training, mentoring, personal development and work experiences.

Our Premier League funded PL Inspires programme is delivered across schools, colleges and in various alternative settings- including: PRUs, KICKS, Prisons and from our base at Selhurst Park Stadium. The programme offers each cohort a ‘Club Day’ at the stadium as part of a programme engaging them for a minimum of 20 hours per cohort.

The programme consists of 3 core components:

  • Workshop Delivery
  • Social Action Project
  • 1-2-1 Mentoring

We aim to deliver a flexible and inclusive programme to support children and young people aged 11 – 25 years to realise their full potential, develop life skills and build resilience for the future.  We aspire to support young people to explore their own capacity for growth and help them to build their own internal resources through fun, interactive activities.

The sessions are delivered by highly qualified and experienced Palace For Life tutors and mentors. Sessions can include core qualifications, including the Prince’s Trust Achieve programme, however, content can be adapted to suit the needs of different cohorts.

Sessions include personal and social development, ‘real-life’ challenges, team building, enterprise projects, and community action.  Participants are guided to explore themes like entrepreneurship, financial literacy, work readiness, healthy living, staying safe and making a difference in their community.

Each cohort has the opportunity to enter a team into our ‘Club Heat’ to compete to represent Palace For Life in the National PLCF Social Action Project Challenge.

The programme is inclusive and therefore has no pre-requisites, apart from being timetabled to attend the entirety of the planned programme.

We deliver our PL Inspires project within various models, including:

  • Schools delivery model – Secondary age groups, embedded into curriculum timetable
  • 16-18 delivery model– supporting college pupils, NEET and at-risk young people, including working with Street Soccer Foundation
  • PRU delivery model– Bespoke delivery tailored to meet the needs of PRU cohorts, including the incorporation of practical sports sessions
  • Twinning delivery model– Delivery of an employability and leadership programme within HMP Highdown and HMP Downsview

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