Through funding from Take 5, our Programme for Young People’s Wellbeing, using Football for Self-Development, started in February with Geoff Wilson and Bronagh Macauley leading the sessions. The first time this initiative has taken place in the Crumlin area and pupils have thoroughly enjoyed the insight of how football can help improve their attitude and wellbeing. Along with the classroom based sessions, the pupils were able to attend Crumlin United FC for a coaching session and learned how to cook healthy meals in the HE department. The pupils were afforded the opportunity of developing a product that would promote both Crumlin United and CIC, with groups creating apps, watches and phone covers. Each then delivered their product’s pitch at a Dragons Den, to local businesses.
Geoff Wilson, Programme Manager at Crumlin United FC said, "We are delighted to create and deliver this innovative programme alongside Crumlin Integrated College. This programme aims to use football as the platform for learning a wide range of subjects such as enterprise, nutrition, communication, health and wellbeing. The sporting element has helped increase students’ knowledge in these areas together with tapping into their passion for football to enable the learning. I would like to thank Crumlin Integrated College for their innovative foresight in the programme and Antrim and Newtownabbey Council for funding the 8 week course."