posted on 8 October 2012

The Wildcats Community Trust are strengthening links with local schools after launching the Partner Schools Programme.

The Wildcats Community Trust have started a new Partner Schools Programme

There has already been 15 primary schools sign up for the programme which sees the Wildcats Community Trust staff helps service school needs in line with the governments well being agenda including healthy lifestyles.

This is delivered through a variety of means including coaching sessions and assemblies as well as staff training and supporting fundraising initiatives, all of which is an additional boost for school improvement plans.

The Trust are also able to utilise the Wildcats first team players as positive role models for the young people to aspire to become.

Running since the start of the academic year in September, there is still opportunity for further primary schools to get involved, whilst plans are afoot to offer a similar partnership programme to secondary schools.

Wildcats Director of Education, Mark Winder, commented: “The new Partner Schools Programme is another way in which we as a Trust can use our expertise to enhance what schools are able to offer to their pupils.  As well as being supported by charities such as the Coalfield Regeneration Trust and Heart Research UK we wish to offer schools a service that meets their needs.

“This partnership programme further strengthens our already strong links with the local community and allows us to use the club and the players as a positive influence in Wakefield.”

Two of the schools amongst the first involved have given a ringing endorsement to the partnership and the benefits it brings their school.

Craig Batley, Headteacher at Lawefield Primary School, commented: “The Wildcats have worked closely with our school for a number of years and have made a tremendous contribution to the development of our children.

“The Learning Zone offers children a warm, fun and stimulating environment in which they not only benefit academically but which also promotes team work, independence and high self-esteem.”

“At St Michael’s C of E Primary school we value our established partnership with the Wildcats,” said Deputy Headteacher, Mrs. Czajko.

“They are viewed in a positive light by everyone in school and are an inspiration to our children.”

If you are interested in becoming a Wildcats Partner School or would like more information on how the programme works then contact Wildcats Director of Education, Mark Winder by calling 01924 211611.

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