Over 60 girls from the Trust’s four partner secondary schools participated in the Premier League PFA-funded project. The children, aged under-14, divided into eight teams and were each managed by a Hull City Academy player.
U23s players Tyler Hamilton and Callum Jones attended the event, along with Louis Beckett, Harry Wood, Tommy Best, McCauley Power, David Robson and Jake Bayram from the Club’s Under-18s squad. The eight players helped encourage their teams, bringing an extra sense of competitiveness and engagement.
The students thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon and had the opportunity to ask the players questions and pose for photos afterwards. The project has now been established for over 18 months and already engaged with more than 2000 students across the four Hull-based schools. Students can access a range of activities in schools, with targeted interventions, sports clubs and community activities the core elements of delivery, all provided by a dedicated ‘Hub’ Officer in each school.
The provision to secondary schools has also been expanded by the introduction of the Premier League Inspires project. Aimed at developing employability skills, a designated Inspires Coordinator along with a small team of project officers undertake delivery with targeted cohorts of students in six schools across Hull to develop a range of core skills.
Sessions follow the Prince’s Trust ‘Achieve’ programme and look into three units of work. The units focus on building students’ employability using money management, career planning and social action as key drivers to improve their overall competencies. Students also develop a range of personal qualities and skills, including confidence, communication, resilience and teamwork. They also gain an accredited qualification through the Prince’s Trust, standing them in good stead for future education and training.
Funding for the Hub School project draws to an end in August 2020 and the Trust are busy developing partnership offer packages for consideration by secondary schools across Hull and the East Riding. Along with the Inspires project, and the funding obtained from the Premier League Charitable Fund, the Trust is excited by the opportunities to link the provision together and work with existing and potential new secondary schools across the area to support a range of young people in their journey through secondary school education.