Inspiring City Awards
Wed 30th August 2017
We’re delighted to announce that the Rangers Charity Foundation has been shortlisted for an Inspiring City Award for our work in education!
The award recognises a pioneering achievement by an individual or institution that has made an impact on the learning and development of Glasgow citizens at all levels, so we are very proud to have recognised in this category for our work across the city.
We believe that the Foundation can help to empower people to learn and grow. In 2016/17, we engaged with over 5,000 school-aged children and young people via 14 different programmes addressing issues such as tobacco, diversity and health and wellbeing as well as more traditional school subjects.
Our Community Hub at Ibrox, a pioneering high-tech classroom operated in partnership with Glasgow City Council, welcomes both primary and secondary schools and runs programmes around inclusion and employability, as well as SQA accredited computer courses run in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College. For pupils from P5-7, we have courses such as Jump into Journalism, Movie Making and Ready to Compute.
Out with Ibrox, we deliver programmes across 48 primary schools and 9 secondary schools in Glasgow through a team of community coaches. Our School of Football programme, for example, engages with S1 – S2 pupils from areas of social deprivation with the aim of improving their behaviour, motivation and communication skills.
At primary school level, our +Sport Move and Learn programme reaches 1,800 P5-7 pupils to help them develop healthy lifestyles. Pupils take part in a 45 minute football session followed by 45 minutes in the classroom every week for six weeks. They are taught about topics related to the body, nutrition, the importance of exercise and information about food groups.
We also work with people no longer in school. Our Get Started project, in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, targets young people aged 16 – 25 years who are currently out of work but are interested in football. The five day course teaches participants the basics of coaching and is followed up with three months of additional support to help them take their next steps into further education or employment and potentially a career in football coaching.
Our Ready4Employment programme aims to improve the job prospects of local unemployed people aged 25 and over in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. Over a six week course, participants attend four full days of activity every week, helping them adjust to a work timetable and developing their skills and experience. Workshops on the course include a Skills and Strengths Audit, CV Building, Practical Application Skills, IT, Communications Skills, Interview Techniques and Employer Expectations sessions. The programme operates in partnership with a range of employers who offer participants work and training experience – and on occasions the possibility of employment.