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The Power of Extra-Curricular Activities

23 November 2023

Community

The Power of Extra-Curricular Activities

23 November 2023

In a recent CPD event attended by safeguarding professionals, we were encouraged to hear about the significance of activities outside of school and the impact that they can have on young people in our community.

Aside from the obvious health benefits, we were struck by the notion of an after-school club being a family-like environment where young people feel safe, included and nurtured.  A place where they can participate in an activity that they enjoy and socialise in a way that they may not get an opportunity to do otherwise.



Making Participation Accessible To All
We work with partner schools to keep the costs of after-school clubs affordable to all.  Some schools can invest the savings that they are making through Colchester United Community Foundation delivering PE, versus a private organisation, into providing after-school clubs which are free to all families.  Others set aside funds from their School Sports Premium.  When after-school clubs are parent paid, we ensure that the cost is low to families, and we work with schools individually to make sure that places are available to children in receipt of free school meals.

As a Premier League Primary Stars partner, we can offer funded provision, which is free to local schools, which currently includes girls after-school football clubs.  In terms of youth participation, the number of females playing football is on the rise in the United Kingdom however it is still significantly lower than male participation.  FA statistics show that 72% of girls play as much football in primary school as their male counterparts.  However, the figure drops to 44% in secondary school.  The FA advise that, “at a practical level, this means embedding football for girls in schools, as part of the PE curriculum and in after-school sessions.”

Diverse Activites For Holisitic Development
In addition to football, we offer a range of activities that focus on physical and mental health.  Sport can be seasonal and some of our partner schools like us to deliver rugby in the autumn, floor gymnastics in the hall or football on the field during the colder months and rounders or cricket in the summer term.  Last year we also delivered lots of athletics lessons and clubs and supported schools with their sports days, which we look forward to doing again this academic year.  We deliver year-round clubs that prove to be popular, such as yoga, dance, netball and basketball to name a few. 

We often get asked, “do you only provide after-school clubs to primary schools?”  We work with primary and secondary schools in Colchester and the surrounding areas to deliver after-school activities with the focus being not only on the coaching of the sport but also on the emotional and mental health of the participants.

How Can We Help Your School?
If you would like to enhance the national curriculum at your school, then please contact us at cfeducation@colchesterunited.net to start a conversation about how we can collaborate with you to provide enriching after-school activites for pupils.

 

 

 


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