Greystone Rovers FC
First and foremost a project aimed at developing the social and academic skills of young people during their first and second year of high school.
We work on the basis that many skills developed while working in a football environment are transferable to school work and social situations.
Communication skills, following instructions, being creative and problem solving are skills either naturally acquired or developed when learning to play football, but can also be applied in classroom situations, in the playground, at home or in the street.
For many young children, football and sport is an activity that captures their imagination and brings joy and happiness to their life. This is why through the School of Football project we use the sport to engage participants in school life as a whole.
Today a highly qualified (accredited by Scottish FA) coach is employed for the daily delivery and coordination of each School of Football and is responsible for the daily running the project.
Coaching takes place during school time after an appropriate timetable has now been implemented and developed by the school. In most cases one subject is dropped to make space for football with support provided by staff to allow the pupil to remain up to date with their studies.
As mentioned before, the primary focus of the School of Football project is to develop the person as a whole, not just as a football player. However, in order for the coaching sessions to run smoothly and efficiently the ability of the player must be of a competent standard. Having said this, it is important to understand that it is not simply about selecting the most talented players.
Football is more than just an elite or recreational sport, it is an activity that can motivate and inspire people to achieve more in their life.
The sessions delivered by the coach aim to assist each participant in the achievement of Curriculum for Excellence outcomes including an ability to communicate effectively, being responsible for actions, contributing to their own and others learning experiences and becoming more confident people.