News and Stories Blog 11th November - Notts County New Staff Make Their Foundation Debut The Foundation is delighted to welcome Mick Draper and Ken Headington to the team as the latest recruits to the coaching staff. Both have a wealth of experience in working with young people to help them realise their potential, whether that be in a football or community setting. Ken coaches with local Stevenage side Bedwell Rangers whilst Mick is a little further afield, working with a Letchworth Garden City Eagles side during their spare time. In other areas, Harry Dalby has made the step up to full-time community coach after successfully completing a two-year apprenticeship. Going in the other direction, the Foundation said goodbye to Eleanor Bullough after her one-year apprenticeship with the Foundation. Eleanor heads out to Liberia in January to volunteer for three months as part of the Y Care International Citizen Service programme. We wish Eleanor all the best with her new adventure. PAN Disability October saw the Foundation kick start a programme of PAN-disability football sessions at an adult day care service in Hatfield, thanks to funding from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. Twice a month two of our coaches attend the day centre and engage with their service users both on the astro and inside the centre before and after our sessions. The sessions will allow service users at Briars Pavilion and external users to take part in informal, relaxed, turn and play type sessions. The sessions have started positively and the feedback from Briars has been encouraging, resulting in requests for additional sessions for us to deliver around other areas such as exercise and nutrition. We looking forward to developing a fantastic partnership programme between the Foundation, Welwyn Hatfield Council and Briars Pavilion. For more information on the session please contact Ozzie Willis at [email protected] Lifelong Learning – Staff One of the Foundation’s key themes is Lifelong Learning, creating chances for people of all ages to reach their academic potential and using sport to do just that. This core aim also extends to staff who have recently been involved in a number of training days organised by the Premier League that saw them travel to Pride Park, home of Derby County FC, for a Youth Work qualification that will support our staff delivering a number of diversionary activities to young people across our community based projects. We travelled to Wyboston Lakes for the Premier League Primary Stars conference, that gave us an insight into all the latest news from one the country’s most popular education programmes, where football is used to inspire, educate and develop young people in the classroom, playground and the sports field. Lastly, the Senior Management Team travelled into London for a “Leading from the Front” workshop that helped us to understand how our communication skills and behaviour can be critical to our leadership development within the team. It hasn’t all been classroom based learning however, as many of our coaches have also been out completing their AfPE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sport. With plenty more CPD lined up for the Foundation staff between now and Christmas, it’s been a great opportunity for the team to access plenty of learning opportunities and development in order to aid our delivery across our education and community programmes. We Need Your Votes! Stevenage FC Foundation have been nominated in the Best Corporate Social Responsibility category as part of the Hertfordshire biz4Biz Awards sponsored by Barclays. As part of the judging process for the awards, the Foundation is calling on all Stevenage FC fans to register their vote for the Foundation to help us win the prestigious award. To vote, simply go to www.bizawards.info/companies/stevenage-football-club-foundation, register and click the vote button for the Foundation. On behalf of everyone at the Foundation, thank you for taking the time to vote.