Students from Years 7 and 8 have 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 are 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 includes a 40 minute learning workshop in the classroom followed by a football coaching session led by the Gillingham FC community coaches.
The scheme is 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 have been amassing house points for occasions when they have been able to bring the skills from each session into their own school community.
Last week’s 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.
The course will be continued into 2017 and the current group will be responsible for developing the scheme and taking it further into the Holcombe community.