Foundation Hosts First Girls’ Hub Tournament
Thu 22nd June 2023
Following on from a successful inaugural Hub in the Community Tournament, the Foundation was delighted to welcome girls from all four Hub in the Community Schools to the Ibrox Community Complex for a second competition.
Squads from: Govan High School, Knightswood Secondary School, Drumchapel High School and Whitehill Secondary School all attended with each team facing the three opposing squads once.
As part of a Community Hub model, originally adapted from the successful Manchester United initiative, a full time Foundation Hub Officer is based in each school to work with pupils from all year groups as part of groups or on a one-to-one basis. They support with the transition from primary to secondary school and into positive destinations when pupils are ready to leave.
With the combined efforts of all four Community Hub Officers the tournament was a resounding success. Reflecting on the tournament Govan Community Hub Officer, Scott Smith said: “Events like the tournament definitely help the pupils improve their social skills by mixing with others through the power of football.
“It also teaches them things like sportsmanship and to be fair to each other.
“I think the most important thing that the pupils can learn from this is teamwork and communication. We are really proud of the work we do in each school and showcasing their talent is a key part of what we want to achieve.”
“We also make sure that we keep pupils on the right track through a range of courses and programmes inside school and giving them support but we bring in aspects of life that they might engage better with like sport and football, and we give them a little bit more responsibility. Each Hub Officer has their own unique programs that they run, all aiming to support the school with anything they think they need.”
On top of delivering special events outside of the school environment, the Hub in the Community programme also delivers in the classroom. All four Community Hub Officers work with pupils to support attainment whilst also delivering SQA qualifications. Incentives are designed to help boost attendance and to support them in their learning.
Two participating pupils, Summer and Maddison spoke after the game. Talking about the tournament Summer said: “The tournament has been great. It’s been really fun to be out and about on a day like this.
“The Hub Officers for our schools are so good and the approach they have makes them really easy to talk to.”