Take a look at what the team has been up to in June:
NCS is the National Citizen Service, a volunteer-led provision that equips 15–17-year-olds with skills to take the next steps in their lives. The Community Trust team has been busy across June delivering sessions to more than 300 students at Starbank School, Rockwood Academy and North Birmingham Academy, making their work the biggest in-school delivery in the UK this year.
As well as learning about social development to aid their future careers, the students have also upskilled in order to help out within their communities.
Football and Education
It’s a busy time of the year for the Trust’s Football and Education Programme staff, as June marked the start of recruitment for 2021/22. In the last week of the month, interviews have been rife with conditional offers being sent to many who have applied. Even in a Covid-hit season, the current cohort of students have had successes, with first year Louis Beresford being invited to train with the Academy players, whilst Shay Willock is currently undertaking pre-season with Walsall U18s.
The Community Trust also runs a number of junior teams, who returned to training following restrictions in April. The long lay-off hasn’t affected performance however, with Junior Blues U11s putting together a string of impressive displays on their way to glory in the Grassroots Hub Tournament earlier this month.
Away from the delivery side of things, the team have also been busy behind-the-scenes securing new partnerships. Networld Sports, a leading sporting goods manufacturer, will now be working with the Trust to improve the sports sessions even further. The partnership is particularly important as the Trust deliver soccer camps and courses across multiple sites simultaneously, putting a strain on resource, so the collaboration will be hugely beneficial.