Wakefield Council Commission Club’s Classroom!

posted on 11 January 2011

Wakefield Wildcats are delighted to inform fans that The Club have successfully been awarded commissioning from Wakefield Council to continue the delivery of The Wildcats Learning Zone.

In 1997 the Government launched Playing for Success (PfS) with the Premier League, an innovative education programme aimed at improving the literacy, numeracy and IT skills… Fourteen years on, clubs throughout the world have found a home for PfS. In all, 18 different sports are now represented and PfS centres are vibrant, exciting and stimulating places for young people to learn.  More than 300,000 young people have come out of the centres’ doors with improved skills, motivation and self-esteem and, in many cases, a new start on which they can build back at school.

The Wildcats Learning Zone was awarded full Playing for Success Status in 2005 and during this time it has increased educational opportunities and promoted life long learning amongst 1800 young people from across the Wakefield District.

In October 2010 the Learning Zone was temporarily closed due to external staffing issues and the news was given that the ‘Playing For Success’ programme would no longer be funded by the Department for Education after March 2011. It has now come as great news that Wakefield Council are happy to support The Wildcats with this project and have allowed us to offer provision to 80 young people from Wakefield.

The Learning Zone uses sport, particularly Rugby League, as a vehicle for learning and also uses positive community role models such as Wildcats players, Wildcats cheer leaders and our very own mascot, in a unique educational environment based here at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

The first cohort will involve children from local schools including Methodist Primary, Lawfield Primary, The Mount Primary and Flanshaw Infants.

Community Trust Manager Davide Longo said, “We are so pleased that Wakefield Council have commissioned The Wildcats to deliver ‘Playing for Success’ here at The Rapid Solicitors Stadium.”

“The Learning Zone has been the focal point of The Community Trust for 7 years and it is something that The Club values greatly. I would further like to thank Wakefield Council for their support of the Wildcats Learning Zone.”

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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