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WWSET, in partnership with Matrix Learning Centre, has been working with young people from Chilworth House School in educational and behaviour development of the pupils in school and out of school. This program was initiated after a successful pilot of the program with Chiltern Way Academy last year, where WWSET use the power of sport and the brand of WWFC to motivate, inspire, change and develop young people to reach their potential.

The program see’s the young people come to Adams Park once a week to our Matrix Learning Centre, where Julie Wilson, Head of Matrix along with WWSET Social Inclusion Manager, Aqeel Akram, work with them around behaviour management, literacy, numeracy, communication skills, teamwork, respect, resilience, self-confidence and self-esteem. After spending time at Adams Park in the Matrix Learning Centre, the young people then go up to Cressex Astroturf enjoy some play time playing and being coached football.

Part of this program as a surprise for the young people was a visit to WWFC Training Ground on Thursday 8th February. The visit was coordinated by WWSET and WWFC and Matt Cecil, the Head of Media at WWFC led a tour of the training ground for the young people. It was fitting that the previous week we worked with the young people around healthy living, eating, nutrient, the impact of food on the body and mind and the benefit of a balanced diet. In this regards, we looked at the diet of a professional football on a match day and before the match. So, to have a visit to the training ground, seeing the facilities in regards to the gym and the canteen, meeting the head chef and being able to the see the type of diet the WWFC players and the influence it has on them.

While the young people were there, they were lucky to meet some of the WWFC players, Including club captain Matt Bloomfield and Adebayo “The Beast” Akinfenwa. This was the highlight for the young people as they had been asking to meet “Bayo” since the program started. The young people had the opportunity to ask both Matt and Bayo questions and take selfies and photos with the players.

This was a great motivational and inspiring visit for the young people and we hope that it will benefit them in the short term and the long term as their progress through the program.

If you any questions about the program or would like to get involved in the program, please contact aqeel.akram@wwfc.com