Football & Sports Development
SaintsAbility offers regular football development sessions for young people and adults with physical and cognitive impairments. School based activities are complemented by weekend and evening sessions, delivered at venues across the region. Adult and junior players regularly take part in football festivals, which have seen teams representing Southampton FC in local, regional and international tournaments.
SaintsAbility has meant so much to him. It’s given him a sense of belonging, where he has felt part of a team and made many lifelong friends.” Chris Steel – Father of SaintsAbility participant
As an extension of the SaintsAbility programme, Saints Foundation launched the SaintsAbility + in September 2014. Funded by the Premier League and the PFA, SaintsAbility + offers young people and adults with physical and cognitive impairments the chance to part in alternative activity, including rock climbing, sailing, fishing and horse riding. The programme aims to create positive outcomes with regards to improved self confidence and self-esteem, and an improvement in sequencing skills that are transferable to everyday life.
By Michael engaging in the fishing he has added to his social life, mixing with other people that have interests outside of football. Her has also become more patient at home, not becoming as frustrated when things are going against him. Tracey Moore – Mother of SaintsAbility+ participant
Premier League 4 Sport
Funded by the Premier League and Sport England, the Premier League 4 Sport project offers young people aged 14+ the opportunity to take part in seven priority sports, with the goal of creating a lifelong sporting habit. Working in partnership with National Governing Bodies and local community clubs, we deliver a total of 24 satellite sessions each week, offering top quality coaching and competition in boxing, athletics, table tennis, volleyball, tennis, golf and hockey.
Since attending the PL4S boxing session, Adam has found positive outcomes – he has rebuilt his relationship with his father and his focus towards school has increased due to the boxing sessions.” Christian Down – Executive Principal – Inspire Academy
The Saints Girls Football Project forms part of the Premier League Girls Football Programme, which was launched in 2013 with the aim of driving up female participation in football. Currently delivered within eight schools across the region, our programme provides girls over the age of 14 and of all abilities, with the opportunity to play regular competitive football, whilst having fun and keeping fit with their friends. From January 2016, all attendees will also be able to join two community clubs delivered by the Saints Foundation, whilst more advanced players will also be invited to join a Development Centre session, delivered in partnership with Hampshire FA.
At the beginning of the year I was not very good at football, but I have improved a lot this year. The Saints Foundation has improved my football in lots of ways. Emily Serridge – Saints Girls Participant
Premier League School Sport
Our Premier League School Sport programme supports the successful and expansive work that we have done in schools across the region for a number of years. Together with the Premier League, we are committed to supporting the Government agenda of raising the standards of PE delivery in primary schools and increasing the number of children who are able to enjoy the benefits of sport, and as such this programme helps schools access high-quality coaching opportunities in both football and multi-sports.
Seeing Rana conversing and working with her peers in PE shows how much Saints Foundation has affected her so positively. Ed Potterton – Cherbourg Primary School – Teacher