Health and wellbeing is a key issue in today’s schools, and its importance is supported by a wealth of pedagogical publications. Schools are turning towards health and wellbeing programmes to help them boost attainment and students’ grades, but without the proper funding, these attempts often fall short of the mark.
Culturally, Britain is sport-obsessed, but this doesn’t always translate to a school environment. There’s no doubt that more can be done to address this, but how can we improve sports provision – and, in turn, student health and wellbeing – without breaking the budget?
With the advent of the FIFA World Cup, football is a hot topic at the forefront of everybody’s minds. Now’s the ideal time to look at promoting football in your school – here’s how to do it without dipping into the budget.
FA Secondary Schools Programme
The Football Association regularly publish secondary school teacher resource packs for schools, which come jam-packed with worksheets, posters, and online video content.
These resources could help make up the difference between a properly resourced PE curriculum and an overall lack of funding. The overall cost of printing out a dozen posters is pretty low compared to the traction it can generate in your school. Print them out and pin them to every noticeboard you can find – it could help to spawn an enthusiastic football culture in your school.
Premier League Primary Stars
Premier League Primary Stars are already working with over 15,000 primary schools.
They offer free cross-discipline resources linked to the National Curriculum, including PSHE, Maths, and English resources recontextualised by football-based activities. It’s a great way to get the most out of your pupils’ active and playground time.
Their offering doesn’t just end at the classroom, either. There’s games and activities for families to join in with, which is a great way to get parents involved and boost parental and carer engagement.
Kick It Out
The Kick It Out project tackle racism and discrimination through the medium of football. It’s a great way to spread the message, especially considering football’s sometimes chequered reputation for hate speech.
If you’re interested in incorporating this mindset into your sports curriculum and school culture,take a look at their free toolkit.
Sport England Small Grants
You can apply for grants of between £300 to £10,000 from Sport England to help more young people play sport. The grants are usually given for projects supporting older kids (14-25), so these grants may be best for secondary and college level institutions. However, they do occasionally give grants supporting children of 13 years and under, but these projects need to support Sport England’s objectives, so be sure to check them out first.
The grants are designated for not-for-profit projects, so they can be used to support school initiatives so long as you aren’t selling those services to third parties (the community). That’s not to say you shouldn’t hire out your other school facilities; if you’re looking to do this, we have a handy guide you can read here.
Looking to save even more money?
Here’s the five grants your school should be getting, including the Football Foundation’s amazing facilities grant.