During the October half-term break, Saints’ Social Inclusion Team worked in partnership with Northampton Virtual School to deliver a holiday programme for children in care.
Consisting of a programme of both playing sport and trips, the aim of the week-long programme was to introduce a sense of local identity as well as to facilitate the building of new friendships between young people who found themselves in similar situations.
“Our students all had an amazing week, and have become big Saints supporters!”Helena Weedon, Virtual School
Through the shared experience of sport and ethos of teamwork, during the week the students were encouraged to build their confidence and improve their motivation for trying new things.
As well as enjoying a tour of Franklin’s Gardens, participating in sports sessions delivered by the Club’s coaches and attending a Northampton Saints game, the Social Inclusion Team created opportunities for social interaction and fun with visits to Boost Trampoline park, Wicksteed Park, Irchester County Park, Laser Zone, and East Lodge Riding School.
“This programme is a fantastic opportunity to work with students from a variety of backgrounds,” said Saints’ social inclusion manager, Jordan Letts.
“It’s become an initiative which we are looking to build on to ensure we are supporting these young people and the community. The week was a huge success and we look forward to doing it again soon.”
Saints HITZ Officer, Shirley Malin, added: “It was brilliant to have a week of full attendance and to be asked by the students if they could come back every week – I feel this truly outlines the success of the programme.”
“Our students all had an amazing week,” said the Virtual School’s Helena Weedon. “Some of them attended the last home game against Bristol Bears and have become big Saints supporters!”