Soccer coaching as part of the Attacking Skills Programme

Attacking skills

The ‘Attacking Skills’ Primary Schools Project.
The ‘Attacking Skills’ Primary Schools Project.
The Attacking Skills Project has, in many ways, been our flagship activity over the past four years. It was our first school’s project, which we first ran as a Supporters’ Society initiative before forming the Foundation. We have learned a lot from the experience and been able to improve the project gradually during that time. Its main aim is to encourage pupils in the 8-11 yr old age range to improve their communication skills, in both writing and verbal dialogue, through contact with the football club and its players. Last year, a number of Bath University women’s first team players joined us on visits. This addition has been very successful and we now have a number of after-school girls’ football clubs operating. The players visit the project schools and spend time in classrooms talking to children about what it is like to be a member of a football team. They answer questions set by the children about diet, exercise and team-building skills. The players also spend time coaching and playing football games with the children.

Project Organisation 2013-14
This year the Attacking Skills project will again be organised by Martin Powell, who is a trustee of the Foundation and is also a committee member of Bath City Supporters Club. Martin has a long experience as a primary school teacher and will work with Pete Sellwood and Fran Wild from the Foundation and former Bath City leading scorer, Charlie Griffin in the project schools during the season ahead. The project will have more resources this year and project schools will benefit from the continued sponsorship, most of which is provided by Touchstone, a local housing company, who have been magnificent in their support for the project over the past three years.

Schools will be contacted very soon asking whether they wish to take part in the project, which is due to begin in late October. If your school is keen to join the project please contact us. Our contact email address can be found on the Contact Us page.