STEP Extends Football Sessions After Summer Success

Posted on the 25th September 2020

Step Toward Employment & Progression (STEP) learners took part in open football sessions over the summer. These sessions, ran by City in the Community (CITC), were so well received by the learners that STEP is now integrating them into the programme.

New Football Sessions For STEP Learners

The new football sessions will be held at Wythenshawe Forum Leisure Centre, which is also providing the funding for the CITC coaches. Amazing!

Manchester Adult Education Service (MAES) has coordinated sessions with the STEP timetable to ensure the maximum number of learners can participate.

We are so happy that we can expect 13 students to get involved in this initiative. It is such a great opportunity for learners to keep active, learn a new skill and have fun. Exercise is also so important for both mental and physical wellbeing.

What a brilliant addition to the STEP programme!

step towards employment and progression citc training

Summer Sessions

The summer football sessions took place during July and August and were run by CITC coaches. CITC is a charity with the aim to bring positive change to communities through football. This was exactly what the coaches did for the STEPs learners who attended.

The football sessions were a great opportunity for learners to see friends, go outdoors, get exercise and have fun. They got to improve on their football skills too. All these things were very much hard to come by in the months prior.

Learners Matthew and Alan gained a new found love for football from the training and have now joined for the full sessions.

two steps learners at football sessions with city in the community

Wythenshawe Forum Trust have coordinated with the Forum Leisure Centre and CITC to continue the sessions starting on October 1st.

This will enable our STEP students to build on the skills gained over the summer and also provide the opportunity for all our students to partake in this weekly exercise, and all the benefits it will bring.

A big thanks also to MAES for rearranging timetables at such short notice to allow all students the opportunity to take part, as they understood the health and wellbeing benefits it will bring.

Simon Ingham - Pure Employment Officer

What Is STEP?

The Steps programme is a two year course for young people with an Education Health and Care Plan and is designed to enable them to fulfil their potential.

It awards qualifications at levels dependent on the individual learner’s abilities. Classroom teaching is supplemented by learning from experience on work placements, life skills activities, work place visits and enrichment pursuits.

Thank You!

We would like to say a big thank you to Wythenshawe Forum for lending their space and funding this activity. It is going to have a real positive impact for our learners!

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