Following the Covid-19 outbreak and since the first lockdown was announced in 2020, the Foundation adjusted and adapted its delivery programmes, to be in a position to continue to support the community throughout the pandemic. Now with Government restrictions easing on Lockdown Three, it’s time to look ahead to restarting its face-to-face delivery programme, in a phased approach.
The physical and mental health of our participants and staff is a priority, and we have focused on returning with sessions and activities to ease people back into social settings at their own pace and taking into consideration Government guidelines.
The Schools and Football Development team have started delivering 1-on-1 sessions for participants, aged 5 – 16-year-olds, as a way for young footballers to get back into training again.
On Monday, we reintroduced the Easter Soccer School, engaging games, aimed towards developing participant’s football skills, with each day focusing on a different topic and aspect of the game.
From the 10th April, our Mini Reds and Saturday Soccer Centre will be making a return, bringing Saturday Football back with a fresh start. From the 19th April, we will be looking to restart our Schools Sport Programme and relaunch our After School clubs before the summer break.
The Community Development team also made their return to delivery in partnership with Crawley Community Youth Service (CCYS) on Wednesday 31st March & Thursday 1st April at their Bewbush and Dormans sessions – supporting young people in the community through different and exciting sports and activities every week.
From Wednesday 31st our Walk & Talk sessions will be relaunching and will be participant led by Extra Time Hubs members for the first couple of weeks, at various venues around Crawley.
Our Walking Football Sessions will be returning to the People’s Pension Stadium from 12pm - 1pm on the 16th April. This session for adults aged 50+ and cost £3 per person.
This will be returning alongside our Premier League Kicks Girls session on Friday evenings from 6pm - 7pm. This session is open for girls 8 - 18 years to come along and play football in a fun and supported environment.
This session is completely free and no knowledge or previous experience of football is required to join the programme.
The team will also commence delivery on the 21st April of Move the Goalposts. Move the Goalposts is a football and personal skills programme, for those experiencing (or at risk of experiencing) mental health difficulties aged 18+.
If you are interested in getting involved with any of the Community Development programmes, please complete the consent form and we will see you at sessions soon - https://forms.gle/qEWRUoMvtvGVcJsZ8
With the Crawley Town Foundation Academy season coming to an end, the team have aims to get the students football training up and running until the 14th April, returning to classroom based learning and normal training sessions in person for the final term of the year.
The Academy are also hosting trials for the 2021/22 season on the 9th & 14th April at Holy Trinity School in Crawley. All players must pre-register & will need to provide proof of a negative Covid test on the day.
If you’re interested, the Crawley Town Education Academy are currently accepting applications for September 2021 enrolment, from footballers who are interested in studying BTEC Sport, you can apply by sending an email to email@example.com or by visiting www.ctcommunityfoundation.com/further-education.