Academic and Vocational Courses
Our programme uses football as the hook to ensure that boys between the ages of 16 – 18 undertake academic and vocational courses as well as consider the possibility of attending university, once they have completed their Sixth Form study.
The programme also helps to build social inclusion patterns through the use of forums, workshops, presentations and team bonding exercises. Mentoring also forms a large part of our delivery as well as monitoring academic attainment. Along with facilitating in house review evenings, where parents/carers are updated on the development of the participant
Our overall aim is to provide tangible career routes for young people and help to shape upstanding members of the public. Using our football knowledge coupled with our experience of youth work we have devised a programme that enables our participants to receive a high level of technical and tactical football development. Whilst also ensuring they are able to undertake a full time academic or vocational course.
In order for our participants to play at a competitive level we needed to integrate our programme with a semi-professional club, and as a result we have established a partnership with Dulwich Hamlet Football Club.
Ultimately our programme has shown how presenting young people who are working towards achieving their ambitions can assist community cohesion when they are held up as an example to children from their social group. This concept is unique in as much as it gives our participants an opportunity to realise goals that they considered beyond them and visualise career pathways away from previous experiences, and the negative environment that sometimes inhabits their daily lives.