Bristol Rovers Community Trust are delighted to announce the launch of our new programme aimed at supporting children in care across the city.
The ‘Our City, Our Children’, programme has been made possible by funding from the EFL Trust Innovation Fund. The aim of the fund is to support the development of projects that have the potential to be scaled up nationally across the EFL network of 72 clubs.
This new Bristol Rovers project involves the clubs charity working in partnership with The HOPE School, Bristol City Council’s Virtual School for Children in Care.
In Bristol alone there are 695 looked after children on register, while the total number of looked after children in the UK has increased from 62,500 in 2010 to 65,420 in 2018.
Ken Masters, Bristol Rovers Community Trust Chairman who has worked closely on developing the programme said, “We are delighted that our programme has succeeded in gaining funding from the EFL Trust. In Bristol and the rest of country the educational gap between outcomes for children in care and their peers who are not looked after is hugely significant. As well as this looked after children in Bristol also score poorly in terms of attendance when compared to children who are not looked after. Our programme will aim to tackle these issues and give these children the support they desperately need”.
The aims of the innovative Rovers programme are to improve outcomes in English and Math’s for both KS2 and KS4 children in care, improve attendance figures and engagement for children in care as well as develop educational and employment pathways for these young people.
The project itself involves a group of children visiting the Memorial Stadium where they will receive targeted tutoring and support in both Math’s and English. The children will be engaged using the power of football and the brand of Bristol Rovers, as well as taking part in a creative photography project where they will have access to behind the scenes at a working football club. Students are also given the opportunity to attend Rovers matches while being supported and mentored by Hope school staff.