Students from Years 7 and 8 teamed up with Gillingham Football Club on a community trust programme designed to create and train young peer mentors.
Every Tuesday coaches from the GFC Community Trust were welcomed into Holcombe to deliver the course that includes awareness on such issues as anti-social behaviour, teamwork, bullying, social interaction and building community links. A typical session included a 40 minute learning workshop in the classroom followed by a football coaching session led by the Gillingham FC community coaches.
The scheme was assisted by two of our sixth form – Will Eggleton and Harry Elswood. Harry and Will also work with the group on Thursday mornings to work on developing the community mentoring scheme and organising charity events. The students involved amassed house points for occasions when they have been able to bring the skills from each session into their own school community.
One session included a tour of Priestfield stadium that included a Q&A session with professional footballers. Our students prepared some excellent questions that provoked insightful answers on the players’ careers and community responsibilities. The boys also benefitted from hearing about the experiences of former international footballer Ian Cox.
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