Nottingham Forest Community Trust has been working alongside staff at George Spencer Academy and Beechdale Bluecoat in their Alternative Provisions Unit. The unit provides extra support for those pupils who need it.

Harley Williams is a 12 year old boy who attends the Premier League Kicks sessions that we hold every week at the Beechdale Bluecoat Academy, the sessions provide activities for young people who are in an alternative provisions unit within their school. Harley attended the sessions that Nottingham Forest Community Trust put on and started to really enjoy them, he said he liked the sessions because Patrick was a “really good coach”.

Playing football at the sessions the Trust provide proved to encourage Harley to try more and do better in school, he said that it motivated him to work harder because he knew that if he “finished all of his work and did it well” he would get to go and play football with Forest.

After attending some sessions Harley asked about other football sessions that Nottingham Forest Community Trust provided, he was told about the Advanced Coaching Centre Programme, a technical coaching programme that is designed to develop young players who enjoy playing football.

Harley began to attend our Advanced Coaching Centre sessions at The Forest Sports Zone every Monday night. The sessions have helped to develop his football and continue to motivate him to work hard at school. Harley says that from the Advanced Coaching Centre he aspires to break into Nottingham Forest Academy.

Speaking on the work Nottingham Forest Community Trust has done within AP units the leader at George Spencer Academy said: “The sessions we have had so far have been a success, the student’s involved have been engaged and have not only enjoyed the practical sessions delivered, they have also enjoyed the classroom work. Every student we have had on the programme so far has said how much they have enjoyed it and are keen for the next one to come around quickly. The NFFC Staff have been very approachable with the kids and have built up some good working relationships so far, they have also been very punctual and made sure that everything is in place for their sessions. “ Ben Marlow – Alternative Provision Leader at George Spencer Academy

If you would like to find out more about these sessions please contact Declan.barker@nottinghamforest.co.uk