Despite the uncertainty and challenging times presented to us all, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, and with the latest lockdown being announced as the New Year started, we need to once again, adapt our approach towards community support and activities for Crawley and surrounding areas.
Each department has found new ways to reach members of the community in a variety of ways.
Our Education Academy has been continuing to deliver its BTEC courses online for all 16–19-year-olds currently enrolled onto the programme. With the introduction of a new timetable, to ensure education and fitness sessions are delivered:
One online lesson per day from Monday to Thursday, focusing on two assignment units per week online.
Three online exercise sessions, (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), focusing on strength and conditioning, as well as ball mastery online.
Assignment check-ins and deadlines on alternate weeks to monitor progress
Two 1-2-1 phone calls each week for every student - one from an academic tutor and the other from a football coach
Weekly communication with parents to ensure support is being given at home
Scott, a parent from the Crawley Education Academy said this about the programme, “We are so impressed with Holly and the online teaching. Great no nonsense with structured learning delivered brilliantly in these unusual times we find ourselves in. It’s great to see so much support from you all as coaches and teachers. Thank you.”
The Crawley Town Education Academy are currently accepting applications for September 2021 enrolment from footballers who are interested in studying BTEC Sport. Potential students must be born between 1st September 2003 – 31st August 2005 (Year 11 and Year 12 students).
With our trial series postponed until it is safe for players to return to the field, students can still send in references and be interviewed for places in our September 21 cohort.
Our Schools and Football Development team have been focusing on the 8 – 11 year-old age group with virtual targeted Interventions to help local pupils in Primary Schools and support our Elite & Development players with Premier League Primary Stars topics such as PSHE, Literacy or Numeracy, or offering Health & Wellbeing Sessions and Homework Help.
In partnership with Mid-Sussex Active, the Schools and Football Development team also delivered a virtual CPD event for primary phase teachers to help improve confidence in their delivery of PE during the Covid-19 lockdown and beyond.
The session took place on Wednesday 27th January 2021, 3:30pm to 4:30pm via Zoom, with a total of 38 participants joining the session.
Our Community Development team have been continuing to run our EFL programmes ‘Extra Time Hubs’ and ‘Tackling Loneliness Together’ programmes throughout the community and surrounding areas.
They are also continuing to support young people through their Premier League Kicks programme, supporting participants virtually through Workshops and Online Competitions.
The team have launched fortnightly FIFA 21 Competitions for those aged 9 – 13 years or 14 + to take part in age specific knockout or league-based competitions, creating a social link between young people across the community.
Additionally, in partnership with Crawley Community Youth Service we have been supporting the team at the Dormans Youth Centre in the online delivery of Wellbeing sessions and online competitions via Zoom, with sessions being delivered each week.