Wensum Trust and Norwich City Community Sports Foundation Sign New Contract
The Wensum Trust and Norwich City Community Sports Foundation will continue their commitment to the education of young people in Norfolk with a new five-year partnership.
The Trust and the Foundation have worked together for the past five years delivering the Football and Educational programmes for boys and girls, and more recently the PE Teaching qualification which Hellesdon Sixth Form students can achieve alongside their A-Levels.
Chair of the Wensum Trust, John Smith, is delighted to be signing the new contract. He said: “We are very pleased with the partnership and how it has grown over the past five years. The Foundation have been able to support our young people with their education but also with developing their life skills and wellbeing – ensuring we are equipping them for a life beyond school and into careers, which is extremely important.”
Stevie Bramble, Head of Curriculum at the Foundation, added: “The partnership enables us to be really broad when recruiting students onto the programme as the Wensum Trust can support us with the right expertise around teaching and learning. Students are leaving us with grades significantly above average and this has been recognised by the Department for Education.”
Tom Rolfe, Principle of Hellesdon High School and Hellesdon Sixth Form, which is the educational base for the programme, said: “The educational provision has been exceptional and it is testament to the hard work of the coaches and the tutor team who work with the students day in and day out. We have seen some real benefits for young people – it has certainly helped raise their aspirations and they are coming through the programme with a clearly defined pathway which gives them a good idea where they want to go next, whether that be overseas, onto university or into the world of work through apprenticeships.”
On re-signing a new five year deal with The Wensum Trust, the Foundation’s Football Development Manager, Adam Drury, said: “Year-on-year the programme has improved, getting bigger and better. Without the Wensum Trust this programme couldn’t run – education is the most important factor with football being the motivator.”