Brandles School benefits from community football initiative
On Thursday 9 May a working lunch attended by teaching staff, pupils, sponsors, and representatives of nearby Letchworth Garden City Eagles and Hertfordshire Football Association , was held at Brandles School Baldock to celebrate the launch of a new football based initiative to encourage pupils at the school develop personal skills through football. The school was the grateful recipient of a new football strip presented by Letchworth Eagles Youth Football club, who have a strong connexion with the school, funded by a number of local businesses including KLM Trophies, J C Parker Installations, Herts Advanced Development Centre, and Bar Amigo.
Brandles is a small school that caters for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural problems, drawn from across Hertfordshire. For many of these youngsters sport is an excellent vehicle that teaches them the solid values of team work, self- control and respect for others.
Head teacher David Vickery expressed his thanks to all those involved in the project. “ When the chance presented itself to work even closer with Letchworth Eagles, the school jumped at the opportunity. Using Letchworth Eagle’s facilities was great but when they presented a new strip complete with our school badge we were overwhelmed with joy. In particular Brandles would like to thank all the sponsors who provided the funding for the new strip.
We are hoping that our partnership will extend even further, with pupils able to play for local teams, potentially share resources and assist with coaching.”
The project was started by Vince Paige, Life President of the Eagles, who has a lifetime experience of working with children with special needs. Vince said that “ I am delighted to be associated with Brandles School and I really believe that the children will benefit greatly from playing organised football using the facilities at the Eagles, which itself was founded to provide sport for residents of the old Briar Patch Childrens’ Home”.
The Eagles have agreed to allow the school to use its facilities for games against other similar schools across Hertfordshire and neighbouring Counties.
The picture shows the pupils of Brandles proudly wearing their new strip.