School Club Links

School Club Links

Establishing links between schools & clubs brings

School club links create opportunity in your community

Most communities do not know what clubs are in their area - so working with local schools is a great way to ensure that children & young people in your area know about opportunities to participate at your club.

School Club Links encourage young people to take part in sporting and physical activity. It allows youngsters to try out new sports and feel comfortable in a club setting, making them more likely to continue participating in sport once they leave school.

FA Charter Standard Clubs all have to form a link with a school as part of the process of securing their Charter Standard status too.

For a school looking to develop your community links, this is a great place to start!

SCL - Club Benefits

SIPP 1 - Club Benefits

Local club looking for more players in your area? Learn more about the benefits of links with your local schools, including:

  • Increased participation in the club
  • Increased potential to recruit new volunteers
  • Raised profile within the community
  • Opening up club access to wider community
  • Opportunity to share facilities and equipment
SCL - School Benefits

SIPP 2 - School Benefits

Local school looking to develop community links? Find out how links with your local club can inspire young people to get involved in sport, resulting in:

  • More active and healthier pupils
  • Raised profile within the community
  • Increased funding opportunities
  • Community Links – social benefits
  • Pathways for sport – easy exit routes for children into on-going involvement
Youth Player Benefits

SIPP 3 - Youth Player Benefits

What do strong school club links mean for young players in your local area?

  • Improved opportunities to access sport in the local community
  • Opportunity for talent to be identified and nurtured
  • Wider range of sporting opportunities
  • Move easily between safe and familiar environment of school and club
  • Understand how experiences in school and at the club complement each other
School-Club Links FAQs

Hampshire FA's Community Coach, Michael Conway delivers coaching sessions across the county and within schools, supporting schools with their after-school and lunch time provision. There is no charge to schools for this service. Additionally, our Community Coach can work closely with PE teachers to help assist in the delivery of football sessions. Our Community Coach can work with the school to provide free-taster sessions of football and is fully qualified in all areas (disability).

To book a session with our Community Coach, Michael Conway. Our aim from supplying our Community Coach is to develop a school-club link. We recommend booking our Coach for 6 weeks of sessions with the exit route/pathway developing into a school-club link.

Hampshire FA can support in the promotion of vacancies on the Hampshire FA website as a news item and promotions in the monthly e-magazine as well; please contact Isabella Pearson if you would like to advertise for any vacancies.

Hampshire FA work with Southampton Solent University to deliver the Football Leadership Programme which sees students delivering grassroots projects county-wide. Please note that projects are scheduled from January through to December of each year. If you would like a group to oversee the project of a School-Club link, please contact us and we can embed a project into the programme. Contact Chris Smith, Football Development Manager at Hampshire FA.

A School Club link is an agreement between a school and a community-based sports club to work together to meet the needs of young people; providing new and varied opportunities for sport and physical activity.

Setting up school-club links provide a fantastic opportunity for both clubs and schools involved; new links are made in the local community, a brand which is recognised, player pathways, sustainability and development, marketing and promotion for the club and school and much more.

We are on hand to support in setting up a school-club link and can offer support in a number of ways as well. Please contact Hampshire FA in the first instance who will be able to assist you with your enquiries: Info@HampshireFA.com.

 

We would recommend contacting the schools and clubs in as many ways as possible to ensure the message has been received; often contact details are changed (i.e. Club Secretary leaves etc). Please email, call and follow-up if required!

For local schools, check out the details on the Hampshire County Council website 'Find a School'.

For clubs, please click the 'Find a Club' tool on The FA's website which will help in finding schools local to your area together with contact details.

 

It is absolutely necessary that the venue hold a risk assessment of the venue and additionally that all coaches complete Risk assessment prior to ensure the venue is suitable. Additionally, risk assessment on the day

Football for Everyone is about making sure everyone has a chance to be involved in football, regardless of age, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, ability or disability. It is also about:

  • encouraging and increasing the involvement of groups at all levels of football by recognising that inequalities exist and taking action to address them.
  • making opportunities available where currently there are few available.
  • about using the power of football to build a better future, in order to achieve these objectives.
  • Football For Everyone has become a part of everything we do at The FA.
To ensure that the link is inclusive and accessible to all, we would recommend the following:
  • Hold and/or undertake qualifications that suit the learners such as the FA Coaching Disabled Footballer's course, which provides an understanding into disabled football provision and the participants.
  • Experience is essential - it is recommended that the coaches have experience of working with people with disabilities, for them to understand the players' needs and their requirements.
  • Venue accessibility - ensure that the venue for the sessions is appropriate, has disabled access for wheelchair users, is situated in an environment close to transport links, has parking closeby etc. A venue with indoor and outdoor space is recommended (despite weather conditions, play can still continue).

Our staff are on hand to support with all of your enquiries; please contact us at the earliest opportunity to discuss: Info@HampshireFA.com.

Hampshire FA's Community Coach, Michael Conway delivers coaching sessions across the county and within schools, supporting schools with their after-school and lunch time provision. There is no charge to schools for this service. Additionally, our Community Coach can work closely with PE teachers to help assist in the delivery of football sessions. Our Community Coach can work with the school to provide free-taster sessions of football and is fully qualified in all areas (disability).

To book a session with our Community Coach, please contact Michael Conway. Our aim from supplying our Community Coach is to develop a school-club link. We recommend booking our Coach for 6 weeks of sessions with the exit route/pathway developing into a school-club link.

Get In Touch

By Phone: 01256 853000

(8:30am - 5:15pm Mon-Fri)

By Email: Info@HampshireFA.com

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