Students arrange successful tournament

Wednesday 20th March 2013

The Trust has been working with Woolwich Polytechnic School in Thamesmead for a number of years and recently assisted with the delivery of a BTEC Level 3 in Sport qualification for students in years 12 and 13.

As part of the course, students had to deliver sessions to local Primary School children and also organised a football tournament using the new 4G astro turf pitch at Sporting Club Thamesmead.

The students worked with 11 local primary schools with children aged 9 to 11 years old, which provided them with valuable evidence and experience towards their qualification.

Delivering a football tournament for the local schools also gave the students an opportunity to experience organising a sporting event, which included arranging fixtures, scores and league tables.

The next progression for these students is to take the FA Level One in Football Coaching qualification with the Trust. Following on from that all the students will be given the opportunity to be volunteers for the Trust, which could then lead to paid employment.

Matt Horne, Youth Service Partnership Manager at the Trust, said, “We have done fantastic work with Woolwich Poly over the years and with the help of the funding provided by Royal Greenwich we can really help the year 12 & 13 students add quality to their BTEC coursework. In addition the children from the Primary schools benefit in what is a truly community event.”

Paul Walsh, PE Teacher at Woolwich Poly, added, “Everyone was willing to help and work hard to make sure every single child involved enjoyed themselves, when teams were playing games there was a separated space at the end of the field which allowed the other teams that were not playing to train and do football drills with our coaches that were not refereeing. The coaching drills weren’t too hard, however it worked on improving their technique in football and when teaching them as a whole group, they got time to interact with each other and enjoy playing a sport with their friends.”

Woolwich Poly Btec student Jon Frost, commented, “We got to coach in a great tournament and we all had fun and really enjoyed it. Maybe next time more schools can be invited so there will be more games for the children to play in. This was a great experience for us and I have learned a lot from working with Charlton Athletic Community Trust.”