Our initial pilot projects are Fearless Coaches which will be established in conjunction with the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust and the Fulham Football Club Foundation. Working with CEOs Lee Doyle and Steve Day, we are expanding the primary schools sports programmes to enable youngsters of 6-11 years old to participate in organised sports at least once a week.
Initially targeting up to 40 schools in some of West London’s toughest boroughs including Lambeth, Merton, Hounslow and Ealing, we aim to reach up to 3000 children providing them with multi-skilled and multi-sports sessions encompassing Key Stage 1 & 2 of the school sports curriculum. Getting youngsters to become physically active, improving their self-esteem and teaching them the joys of being part of a team speak for themselves in terms of benefits. In addition, they will get the added benefit of getting the opportunity to experience high quality coaching through Brentford and Fulham.
An essential part of any high quality sports coaching programme is high quality coaching and we aim to introduce a number of new Fearless Coaches. These coaches are likely to be 16-25 year olds who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and have come directly from one of Brentford or Fulham’s existing community projects such as Fulham’s ‘My Future Goal’ or Brentford’s ‘Kickz’ programme. The Fearless Foundation will provide these young people with an opportunity to gain an important rung on the employment ladder and they will gain crucial support and development from Brentford and Fulham’s experienced primary school coaches. It is hoped this fantastic opportunity for paid, prolonged and supportive employment will encourage the Fearless Coaches to start their very own Fearless employment journey.
These pilot projects will be reviewed regularly and it is hoped that the concept can be rolled into other London boroughs and beyond.