Foundation helping schools in South Africa

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Wolves Foundation’s Richard Lewis has spent a fortnight out in South Africa as part of the Premier Skills project helping upskill local teachers to improve their delivery in physical education.

Premier Skills, delivered by the Premier League in South Africa in partnership with the British Council, is a programme with different strands including addressing the lack of qualified grassroots football coaches and referees whilst tackling key social issues and supporting thousands of disadvantaged young people.

Richard, a senior schools officer (primary), travelled out to Cape Town and Johannesburg with Graham Robinson from the Premier League, and Katlego Malaka and Sinethemba Nzama from the British Council.

“The project was one of many delivered by Premier Skills to help teachers and coaches in the local area to be upskilled in physical education,” he said.

“It’s a Premier League project but the British Council are the bridge between the league and the Ministry of Education in South Africa who provide the links of which schools to work with.

“There are four phases to the process and this was the final phase, training the teachers to go back into their schools to spread their knowledge and experience to other staff, as well as delivering PE.

“All of the teachers were great to work with, really engaged and coming in during their half term holidays to upskill themselves and better their knowledge which was very impressive.

“We were also chatting about how Cape Town and Wolverhampton have a lot of similarities with their culture and some issues around poverty, and they could understand the difficulties faced by young people.

“I think they were pleased to have that extra information from someone who has been on the ground working with teachers on a community-based project and to take that away and back to their own schools.”

The trip also offered Richard the chance to enjoy a spot of hugely memorable sightseeing in his downtime, including visiting Table Mountain, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and a Lion and Safari Park.

Talking of history and not so much wonders of the world but Wanderers of the world, the Foundation member of staff also found that the local residents knew plenty about Wolves prior to his arrival!

“I walked into the venue one day to be met by one of the teachers saying, ‘I bet you don’t know about Derek Dougan and Steve Bull!’” he added.

“It was good to have conversations about Wolves with a lot of the people we met.

“Over there are so many are massive fans of the Premier League, not necessarily particular clubs, but just the league and watching the football, and that really helps drive the engagement with what we are doing.”

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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