Relationships with schools is pivotal to the development of sucessful clubs. Since the vast majority of children attend school, clubs have target audiences in the players, their parents and teachers.
However, the increasing demands on schools and teachers mean pupils don't get enough opportunities to play in organised games or festivals where they could be developing their skills and their interest in the game. A club provides these opportunies for boys and girls to play football on a regular basis in local leagues and competitions.
There are numerous benefits to clubs when they forge links with local schools. Initially, by establishing links with schools, clubs can recruit players and volunteers. They may be able to provide second teams to run in the league.
Schools and clubs can also help each other by sharing facilities for training, matches and festivals or by sharing kit and equipment. And by working with schools, clubs may even be able to tap into fundraising activities.
And working together helps develop a local team spirit so that all parties can provide opportunities for players.
How to create links with schools
- Contact your local Football Devlopment Officer, Dragon Sports and 5x60 officer and ask for advice.
- Contact local schools by telephone, email or correspondence and simply tell them you want to forge closer links with them.
- Meet with the headteacher or head of department and relevent officers (Football Development Officer, Dragon Sport Officer or 5x60 Officer) to ensure all parties are clear on any arrangements the two parties make.
- Explain to the school what the club can offer.
- Display club material such as posters/newsletter in school sites and your ideas.
- Offer to assist with after school clubs and festivals.
- Offer to support any new volunteers recruited.