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About The Foundation

Since the formation of the Peterborough United Foundation in 2009, the former Football in the Community Scheme has delivered a variety of projects across 4 key themes outlined by the English Football League Trust and the Premier League. The 4 themes are: Sports Participation, Social Inclusion/Community Cohesion, Health and Education.

The foundation involves several different department, these are: Women and Girls, Futsal Scholarship, Premier League Primary Stars, Schools Programmes, Disability and Development Centres.

Women & Girls
Peterborough United Foundation is fully committed to providing and advancing sporting opportunities for females in and around the local area. This includes developing footballing talent within our Girls Elite & Development Centres, Ladies Academy, working with local clubs and teams, running girls only holiday courses and working with other partners/organisations to promote female sport for all, in a fun and safe environment. Our aims are to introduce as many new girls and women to the sport whether it be playing, officiating or coaching and to support them realising their full potential. In addition to this our aim is to provide a clear pathway for all girls and women to participate and develop further. Please go to our women and girls page for a breakdown of the programmes on offer or for more information please contact Jenna Lusk- Our Women & Girls Manager. jenna.lusk@theposh.com

NCS
NCS is a government funded programme aimed at 15-17 year olds. The aim of the programme is to bring young people together from various different backgrounds and offer them new opportunities as they take on new challenges, new skills and engage with new people. Enabling these young people to discover new talents and uncover their potential while having fun and enjoying themselves, the scheme has proved to be a resounding success. The programme runs over a 4 week period in the summer holidays which consists of two residential weeks Monday – Friday and two weeks 9-4pm in and around the local community. The idea is for young people to gain confidence and independence as they learn to communicate with local organisations as long side creating, planning and delivering a social action project in a group of 15. Social action projects in the past have seen young people raise hundreds of pounds for charity as well as volunteer their own time to make a difference in their community. The government pay roughly £1500 for each individual young person to take part in NCS, but the most you will ever have to pay is £50. This covers all food, transport and accommodation for the two residential weeks. If you receive government support or free school meals then the cost of the programme can be completely free.

Futsal Scholarship
Peterborough United Foundation is fully committed to providing an excellent standard of sporting opportunities for males and females in local and surrounding areas. We currently run a futsal scholarship programme aimed at youngsters leaving Year 11. We offer the chance to represent Peterborough United FC while studying with multiple subjects of each players choice. During the two year scholarship, each player receives many chances to gain further qualifications in coaching, NCS and other off curriculum activities. Our aims are to introduce as many boys and girls to the sport of futsal. In addition to this our aim is to provide a clear pathway for all to participate and develop further. Our futsal scholarship has been running for the previous 4 years and have seen over 60 players pass through our programme with many moving onto universities such as Loughborough to continue full time futsal and education.

Throughout that period of time, we have had many success stories such as Callum Avent. Callum started as a scholar and once completed the scholarship, was offered full time employment on the programme and is now working within the Foundation as an assistant coach on the Scholarship. Further to this we have employed a further four apprentices following their successful stint on the programme. On the court, both our male and female have won many titles such as the ‘Nationals’ with The Posh leaving a huge mark on the EFL Futsal League.

Premier League Primary Stars
We at Peterborough United Football Club are excited to introduce the Premier League Primary Stars Programme. An exciting new project delivered in co-operation with Peterborough United F.C. and the Premier League supporting primary schools with a vision to ‘use the inspiration of the Premier League and professional football clubs to create healthier and more positive futures for all children in England & Wales’.

By signing up to the programme schools get access to high quality PE provision and an excellent array of teaching resources.

The programme will use the appeal of the Premier League, football and Peterborough United Football Club to improve and enhance PE and other curriculum areas, and develops the skills and values that are crucial to success in later life.~

This education programme is designed to teach children four core themes which are "Be Connected", "Be Ambitious", "Be Fair" and "Be Inspiring".

Disability
In Partnership with the EFL we are part of the project ‘Every Player Counts’ We deliver curricular sessions in SEN schools. Outside of schools, we run Funday camps during school holidays, and have PAN Disability, adult and children sessions on a Saturday, along with Cerebral Palsy specific on a Thursday night.

School Sports Programme
Peterborough United Foundation delivers more than football.  Our highly experienced and qualified staff can offer PPA cover and teacher CPD opportunities in football, tag rugby, hockey, basketball and cricket for Key Stage 2 pupils and multi-skills activities for Key Stage 1.  We are also able to offer, along with the above sports, dodgeball, athletics and tennis as part of our afterschool programme.

All coaches employed by the Peterborough United Foundation are subject to enhanced DBS checks and up-to-date safeguarding and emergency aid certificates.
We are currently working in six Wisbech primary schools who all follow a similar programme of delivery.  We then bring all the schools together to hold friendly festivals for combined year 3 and 4 +events and year 5 and 6 competitions.  Winners of the festivals win Peterborough United treats.

We currently work in an additional fifteen schools delivering afterschool clubs.  All schools that sign up to either PE lessons or afterschool clubs receive two season tickets to use at the 23 home league fixtures. 

Development Centres
Peterborough United Foundation runs Development Centres in four locations with expansion planned for 2018/19 season.  Development Centres run for under 7’s through to under 16’s and allow us to coach a player whilst they still train and play for a grassroots team.  Development Centres act as a stepping stone between local football and our academy.  Contained within our Development Centres, at under 9 to under 12’s, is an additional level named Development Squads.  This invite only group have friendly fixtures alongside their regular coaching.