12:01 Friday 07 February 2014

Young pupils in positive lunchtime footy activity

Written byROB SMYTH

A SOUTH Derbyshire school has seen students in all year groups begin to benefit from a new initiative.

Team Sixteen is a new football programme developed by the Football Association and aims to work with secondary school children who are currently not participating in sporting activity outside of regular PE lessons.

The Pingle School, in Swadlincote, has seen the programme provide leadership opportunities for pupils, encouraging students to be placed in organising roles such as referees, ground staff, and fixture and results organisers.

Dan Brown, acting head of PE, said: “The idea is that the Year 11 pupils have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills while providing a vital provision for the younger children.

“We hope that this aspect will contribute to an excellent lunchtime atmosphere and will enhance learning.

“In addition, this programme strengthens internal community spirit which promotes happiness, safety and rapport.”

Alex Garner, a member of the Team Sixteen, said: “The programme is working really well. The all-weather pitch is full each lunchtime with pupils playing more organised games of football.

“he leagues are becoming very competitive and great fun for everyone involved.”

Derbyshire FAs’ football development officer Peter Collins said: ‘It is great to see that the Team Sixteen programme has had such a positive impact.”

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