Back in November 2016, Football in the Community’s Media Officer, Gemma Burman, visited Nethergate School to observe a Primary Goals (2) session. She said about the experience:
“It was great experience getting to see the children respond so positively to a FITC project. All the children were engaged and participating in the session on “Rules”. By using video examples of people breaking the rules and their reactions, the children had to analyse why the person had reacted positively or negatively, and if they could have reacted differently. By using this process the children were able to reflect on how they respond to situations when they are angry or upset and how they can react differently in the future. They also were able to discuss why rules are important and the consequences of breaking them.
“Once the session in the classroom was complete the children got to go outside where they took part in a sports session that allowed them to put into practice what they’d learnt. They had to stick to the rules of the game and work together as a team.”
The staff at Hyson Green St Mary’s School have seen the positive impact the project has had on their pupils and gave the project a glowing report, saying:
“The sessions from Notts County FC Football in the Community have been outstanding. The children have responded to the staff exceptionally well and have developed a good relationship over the course of the project. The children very much look forward to the sessions and is very much the highlight of their week.
“The behaviour aspects covered in the sessions are relevant and enjoyable for the class. The children often reflect on what has been taught and very often relate to the sessions to improve behaviour issues.
“The children have given very positive feedback about the programme. They said they’ve learned so much about ‘managing their emotions’ when playing games and activities that can lead to raised voices.”