Epinay students kick-off exciting school takeover at SSFC
South Shields Football Club and its charitable Foundation have teamed up with Epinay School to help excited students kick-start their transition from school to work.
The club’s first ‘school takeover’ began this week as part of a project aimed at Year 10 and 11 students from Epinay, based in Jarrow.
The collaboration is the latest link-up between the Mariners and Epinay, with the club demonstrating to students the roles which are filled in a voluntary and paid capacity.
SSFC Foundation manager Steve Camm said: “We are delighted to be working on this project with our friends at Epinay School.
“It’s always a pleasure to visit the school and to be able to launch this new venture is exciting, and we hope of benefit to the students.
“Our role within the community is so much more than what happens on the pitch on a Saturday. The social impact we create is equally important to us.
“Part of that is creating volunteering and employment opportunities for local people who in turn deliver activities that support the health and well-being of our community.
“We do so much more than football – press and media, accountancy, office administration, retail sales, hospitality and sports coaching to name just some.”
The project with Epinay is designed to help the students experience some of the job roles and activities at the club in a week-long ‘takeover’ comprising a number of experiences.
It started last Friday, when students attended a public consultation event related to proposals for the development and improvement of Harton Welfare, where the Foundation is based.
Epinay pupils helped to consult with some of the club’s first-team players and trustees of the Miners Welfare, asking key questions and recording the answers to be included in the consultation report.
Catering students have also spent time at the Welfare and served breakfast to the players ahead of training, while those with a keener interest in sport delivered a session to players after training.
Further activities are planned in the coming days, with children set to gain an insight into the management, medical and pitch departments of the club, before helping out with stewarding and hospitality at Saturday’s home game against Stafford Rangers.