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Help FITC secure £50,000 funding


16:00 1st April 2017

There are just a few days left to help Notts County Football In The Community (FITC's) Primary Goals 2 project win £50,000 of Big Lottery funding.

The project aims to support childhood development and life skills, providing early-intervention techniques to primary school children in Nottingham. These techniques and skills would be taught during a structured, comprehensive 10-week multi-sports and discussions programme.

Helping pupils understand and develop their personal awareness of rules, pride and self-esteem helps prevent them from developing behavioural and social problems throughout their life.

Primary Goals 2 follows the Primary Goals project, which was a huge success after it was designed and piloted by FITC. It impacted positively on over 130 children from five schools in deprived wards of Nottingham.

A teacher from a Year Three class in a school FITC have worked with said: "The coaches have been outstanding. The children admire and respect them enormously. They deliver excellent sessions every week and encourage the children in all aspects of their learning.

"FITC’s coaches are careful to take both individual needs and the needs of the wider class into account. They seek meaningful feedback from the pupils on how the previous session has helped that week and then build on this so that the learning is always moving forward.

"They work with thoughtfulness, respect, compassion and conscientiousness and I have loved watching my class grow confident in their care. 

"This programme has had a huge impact on my class. The children love the sessions and are learning, in a very real and tangible sense, how to put core behaviours and values into action. The combination of the lesson aspect and the practical aspect works beautifully, reinforcing the learning and building the children’s confidence," he added.

Tim Hatton, Senior Manager at FITC believes the project is of great importance to the future of Nottingham’s children.

He said: "This project will not be a success without the community’s help. We’ve worked in partnership with local schools to develop the scheme of work, targeting areas of behaviour and social development that teachers believe is needed to ensure each child is successful in school and beyond.

"We want people to go online and vote for us on from Monday 20 March. This is a great way for the public to secure £50,000 which will be invested in children from Nottingham."

A public vote orchestrated by ITV’s 'The People’s Projects' in March will determine its success against rival projects from Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

Voting closes on Monday 3 April at midday and you can play your part by clicking here and registering your details.

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