The programme aims to broaden horizons, raise aspirations and offer pathways to achievement for young people aged 14-19 years in some of the UK's most deprived communities. This is done through engaging and supporting young people through community based activities and mentoring, offering vocational training and supporting young people into employment and further education.
Through the support of the partnership Bristol Rovers Community Trust are delivering an intensive sport and education programme across Bristol in areas of high social deprivation, targeting some of our most 'at risk' young people and delivering clear progression pathways into citizenship and volunteering as well as placing a large emphasis on accredited training, especially the open College network (OCN) 'skills for employment and enterprise' accreditation.
Initially young people are introduced to the programme through our free football sessions that take place at venues across Bristol. Once engaged with the programme our qualified coaches and mentors identify those young people who may benefit from further training and support and offer those recognised accredited qualifications that are delivered at the Memorial Stadium.
Adam Tutton, Head of Education at Bristol Rovers said, "We are delighted to have been invited to the Houses of Parliament in recognition of our involvement with this fantastic programme. I think that the fact we have over 70 young people attending our free evening football sessions is testament to the enjoyment and impact the programme is having on them and we are looking forward to offering some of these young people recognised qualifications to help them gain future employment".
The Bristol Rovers Community Trust free football sessions run: Thursdays 7-9pm St Bedes School, Lawrence Weston. Fridays 7-9pm Orchard School, Horfield. Fridays 6.30-8.30pm Fairfield School, Horfield