Mr Faulkner writes…

This year we are trialling an idea to really push some of the talented sports people in our school. At the moment it is just for one team in one sport but we are hoping next year to increase the number of sports and teams.

The players take part in 4 football session per week and these include training, Futsal and matches against other schools. They also take part in an academic session which for the September/October half term was a literacy unit. If their academic work was not completed or their behaviour in school was not exemplary then they lost football time. Our first penalty taker was the player who had finished the most books – and he scored!!!

We are working in conjunction with some football clubs and other coaches. On the 4th November the players trained at Bolton Wanderers Lostock Academy for the afternoon which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On a Friday period 5, now they have completed the first unit of Learn to Learn they are receiving some coaching from Lewis Bishop, a former student at the school who is a professional football coach formally of Stoke City, but now working at Blackburn Rovers.

The principle of the scheme is very simple. Students are participating in more sport which should be enjoyable, improving their technical ability, physical fitness and social skills. This in turn will help them to be more focussed in their lessons and help them to become respectful members of the local community.