Over the past month or so the Chesterfield FC Community Trust Football & Education Programme students have been taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS). The project has consisted of the lads embarking on a 4 day residential to North Yorkshire where they took part in numerous team building tasks and activities which was great fun and really rewarding. The students have also had guest speakers visit them at the Proact including former Spireite Shane Nicholson who shared his journey on the hurdles he had to face to become a professional footballer.
The third stage of the project is for the students to highlight a local issue and deliver a social action project, the squad has been split into two smaller groups with each group addressing an area that they are passionate about.
The first group wanted to address obesity and have come up with the idea of a FitFanz session, this will be a 2 hour session for fans of the football club at any age and ability as all of the activities can be adapted for anyone. There will be different stations for the people of Chesterfield to participate in including: Running/walking around the pitch, Running/walking up and down the steps, Passing football up and down stairs in teams, little circuit underneath seats, stretches with the sponsor boards, light weights. After this supporters are welcome to come up to the Brampton Brewery Lounge and have a cup of tea/coffee, biscuits and a chat. This is an opportunity to get your fitness levels back up and to have fun, meeting new people whilst you do it. The sessions will commence on Wednesday 28th November, please arrive at The Hub at 8:45am for a 9am start.
The second group have highlighted homelessness in Chesterfield as an issue and wanted to raise awareness of this. This Friday, 30th November the Football & Education Programme students and coaches are sleeping rough to raise awareness for homelessness. They will be doing this at the Proact Stadium from 8pm on the Friday night until 8am on the Saturday morning. There are 71 rough sleepers in Derbyshire, so doing this will help the students understand how fortunate they are and how much they take for granted because every night they have a roof over their heads and locked doors to protect them. They are going to be sleeping on flattened down pieces of cardboard with a sleeping bag, pillow and lots of clothes to get the full experience of sleeping rough.
Both initiatives have been thought up and planned by the students all by themselves which is a fantastic achievement, the final stage of the NCS project is to have a celebration event which will be taking place on Saturday 8th December at the Salford fixture so if you see the lads please stop them and ask them how they have got on!