Manchester Met has been announced as one of fifteen University Community Football ‘Super Hubs’ by the FA, in partnership with British University College Sports, British Universities and Colleges Sport.
As a Super Hub, we will now have a dedicated Football Development Officer who will be tasked with driving internal University Football whilst forming partnerships with the local community to join the pathway from youth to adult and address the drop off through targeted transition work within primary and secondary schools and further education colleges.
This builds on the University’s experience as a reliable football hub last year, which saw coaches and students visit local schools to encourage diverse participation in football. Jonathan Fletcher, sport development manager at Manchester Met welcomed the recognition the University was getting for its football experience and outreach. “With this funding MMU Sport can dedicate the time and resource necessary to make some real strides in regards to our football offer. This year we have shown the potential growth and results that can be achieved through investment by launching our external community football programme. Through delivering football sessions in a number of schools we engaged with more than 600 participants and recruited and up-skilled a workforce of more than 20 students. With further funding and a dedicated staff member we can expand the offer further and ultimately increase community engagement in our programmes being delivered at our Platt Lane facility.”
The schools we support really see the difference in the children we coach, as Dai Higgins, teacher at Armitage Primary School explains: “The pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the after-school Thursday football sessions, and the pupils attending are becoming more motivated to perform better in class. It’s great to see a difference in behaviour of children who want to attend the sessions.”
Our achievements as a Hub last year included:
- 23 student volunteers recruited, trained and up-skilled to deliver football sessions within schools
- 7 Level 2 coaches recruited to lead sessions in schools and mentor the volunteers
- 600+ pupils aged 5-18 took part in our football sessions
- 54% of all participants identified as BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic)
Being part of the community is very important to what we do at MMU Sport and we hope that all participants who have enjoyed our sessions continue to benefit from the wide range of footballing activities we offer. For more info on our football offer to the community visit http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/playground/