On 9 May 2006, the Club received notification from Craig Lee of the Notts FA that our club had won another National Award.
Craig nominated Calverton MW for an award under the FA ‘3 Lions’ – School to Club Link awards for the work that the Club undertook on the nutrition project.
A Report From The Day
Rose, Chris & Sofi Melvin, Bill & Chelsea Bennett and Liam O'Brien represented the Club at the National Innovation Award ceremony in Manchester followed by the England v Jamaica match. This is a report of the day .....
The day started off with a train journey to Old Trafford departing from Nottingham at 8.40am (yes there are two 8 o’clock in a Saturday}. Once in the carriage (forget reserved seats) we were packed like sardines, crammed with other England fans all in good vocal spirits draped in a sea of red and white flags; harmoniously singing usual chants, you couldn’t help but enjoy and soak up the atmosphere. We were looking forward to the champagne reception awaited us at the Renaissance Hotel. Nick Levett, the Club Links Manager from the FA met us on arrival. He along with others showed an encouraging interest in what CMW had achieved in this project. Bill eagerly answered their inquisitive questions and I was there in case he needed support (you never know this day may come).
Rose, Chris, Sofi, Liam, Bill & Chelsea
Rose & Bill receiving the award from an FA Official
CMW were awarded the prestigious Innovative Through Education and Learning Award.
Obesity is on the increase, therefore healthy eating and increased physical activity is high on everyone’s agenda. Our programme addressed both these issues but uses football as the transport mechanism to deliver National Health Initiatives highlighted in the Department Of Health’s “Choosing Health- Making Healthier Choices Easier” paper.
Bill Bennett and myself were delighted to and receive the award, but also elated when asked by the FA to allow the next event, scheduled for August, to be filmed and put onto DVD, and for this to be distributed around the country as a pledge of “Good Practice” grass roots football. FULL OF THIS!!!!!!
We were then taken by coach to Old Trafford. The atmosphere and excitement was immeasurable.
Not only did we witness a fantastic game, with lots of goals going our way (I have to add not to mention my 104 photos of Beckham what a god, even flat on his backside, he looks fab! -pity no one else came in my view!) but capture this, just three rows behind us was Victoria Beckham and the boys, proudly watching their dad play, and only two rows to our left, were Rooney and Neville, eagerly watching the game. Sofi Melvin and Chelsea Bennett were having the time of their lives; I did think if it weren’t for the kids we wouldn’t bother!
This truly was a day to remember and receiving the award for on behalf of CMW was an honour!
CMW are proud to be using grass roots football to address National Government Health Initiatives.
This is Craigs nomination....
Category Nominated For: EDUCATION AND LEARNING THROUGH FOOTBALL
Calverton Miners Welfare FC used football to tackle one of the country's biggest issues - child obesity - during the school holidays in 2005 (and it is planned for school holidays 2006 due to its success!).
The Nottinghamshire based club were nominated as The FA Charter Standard Community Club of the Year (2004/05) due to their incredible community work.
By using The FA’s Three Lions brand, Calverton advertised their project to children in the three local primary schools within their community, by sending in qualified coaches into the school to deliver extra curricular clubs delivering taster sessions. This attracted over 50 keen footballers to their two-week project.
Fully qualified coaches at the club gave the children lots of fun activities and games to play in, in a safe and controlled environment during the day, and the children also took part in SAQ (Speed, Agility and Quickness) sessions.
During lunch breaks, the club's qualified nutritionist delivered enjoyable sessions on eating and drinking, educating the children on ‘The Balance Of Good Health’. The main topics covered included:
The ‘Balance of Good Health’
- 5 A DAY.
- The importance of eating breakfast
- Energy input vs energy expenditure
- Exercise and re-hydration water vs fizzy drinks.
The children were provided with a nutritionally balanced lunch by the club. This was an ideal time for many children to try new foods.
The feedback was fantastic and it is great to see a club offering a project that uses football to tackle issues such as health.
Calverton are going to continue this project every year and, due to the impact it has made, the Nottinghamshire FA are looking to use the club and the nutritionist to deliver in-service sessions to other FA Charter Standard club and school representatives.
From the Nottinghamshire FA web site....
Billy Bennett enjoys the results of Calverton MW’s Healthy Lifestyles course.
Award for healthy Calverton
Friday, 12 May 2006.
Go-ahead Calverton Miners’ Welfare FC are celebrating winning another national award.
The club has been judged first in the Education and Learning Through Football section of the National Innovation Awards – thanks to their impressive approach to tackling healthy eating in schools.
Calverton have turned their 3 Lions FC coaching courses into ones looking at the issues of child obesity, using football as the catalyst for change. They advertised the project in three local primary schools, sending qualified coaches to deliver extra curricular clubs and taster sessions.
During lunch breaks, the club’s qualified nutritionist delivered enjoyable sessions on eating and drinking, educating the children on ‘The Balance of Good Health’ and providing them with a nutritionally-balanced lunch at the club.
In congratulating Calverton on their award, the Notts FA say that they will be using the club and their nutritionist to deliver in-service training to other FA Charter Standard clubs.
The following is an e-mail from the Club Links Manager from Soho Square summarising the winners, including Calverton...
Please find below the list of winners, as decided by the selection panel, for the seven different categories for the National Innovation Award for 2005/06. There was nearly 70 nominations from a whole host of agencies and the decisions to pick the winners in all categories was incredibly tough due to the high standard of applications and in many cases could have easily have been one from three of four different applicants. However, just like picking Theo Walcott, difficult decisions had to be made so please find below the roll call of winners!
Girl's Football - Triple F: Fitness and Fun Through Football Project, Wood Green SSP and Westcroft SSP, Birmingham CFA
This project aims to engage 14-16 year old females in alternative physical activity, using football as the tool. The project has worked with girls who don't respond or benefit from the normal physical activity offered in schools during curriculum and extra curricular time. It has focused on reducing weight problems in large/obese girls and stimulating a healthier attitude to an active lifestyle, encouraged girls to take on new roles around leadership and coaching and improving self-confidence in meeting and succeeding with new challenges. 67% of females in Sandwell now play for a local football team and 45% of Triple F participants have said the project has made them want to continue exercise and stay healthy, whilst 25% now want to continue onto Level 1 Coaching Courses and 72% would like to continue the Triple F programme in their school.
Ability to Succeed - FC Phoenix, Herefordshire CFA
This Charter Standard Community Club have worked very hard within Hereford and alongside the County FA to ensure a structure to provide a solid base for the development and inclusion of disabled football in the county. This has involved them setting up a PAN disability development centre, along with evenings to encourage new coaches, helpers, teachers and parents into the club as new volunteers. Links have been made with three schools and have involved club volunteers delivering five week taster sessions in the schools, and also run open age sessions at the local leisure centre for older children and adults and the team now compete in the West Midlands Ability Counts League. They are set to continue their developments by opening a wheelchair football centre, which is hoped to become the regional hub for this activity.
Football for All - Communities United Project, West Riding CFA
The aim of this project was about engaging young people in sport and recreation where previously no opportunities existed, and no club was available for young people to participate within. Following coaching sessions in six local primary schools and festivals following this activity, a community club was created and weekly sessions began for young people in the Huddersfield area. The sessions have been such a success that two new teams have been created from scratch, run by local volunteers trained through the CUP support. The more the volunteers give up their time the more training the CUP will support them with, ensuring an ongoing professional development programme and recognising rewarding the efforts of their workforce of local people. The benefits have seen a new sustainable club structure created, delivered by local volunteers, a community spirit fostered in the local area and reduced anti-social behaviour levels.
Urban Sounds - Eastmount Community and Sport Regeneration Project, East Riding CFA
The Longhill ward is ranked 530 in the national index of multiple deprivation and has been targeted for a major regeneration and urban renewal project. Following a substantial Football Foundation grant, the project has further utilised 3 Lions FC funding to organise a programme of coaching in primary schools and created the Longhill Football Academy as an exit route for young people to play, with over 50 children attending each week. A new club was formed, with six local volunteers completing the Level 1 and forming the coaching staff, having been mentored by existing FA coaches. They have also supported five schools to achieve the FA Charter Standard Schools Award and the new set up have gained the Clubs Award. The start of the 2005/06 season saw four new teams begin from these links with the schools with a new girls team to follow. This has been supplemented by a twilight football programme, aimed at using football as a diversionary tool to anti-social behaviour and has been such a success this has been extended to other areas of the city.
Rural Activity - Mitcheldean Juniors FC, Gloucestershire FA
Based in the Forest of Dean, this club has steadily grown from three players attending the first session two seasons ago to seven teams for the coming season from mini soccer to 11-a-side, boys and girls. This has been enabled to happen through links with local schools and a meaningful relationship between the two. The club don’t pay for use of the school site, but have developed the relationship but organising fun runs and fetes to raise money for the school. Further to extra curricular sessions, a qualified coach from the club also supports the primary schools with PE lessons on the curriculum and have developed further links with a secondary school to support the pathway for new girls into the Charter Standard Club. Last season saw the club put seven parents through the Level 1 course to support the running of new teams, with two progressing to their Level 2 this summer.
Education and Learning Through Football - Calverton Miners Welfare FC, Nottinghamshire CFA
The club have taken an innovative approach to tackling healthy eating in schools by turning their 3 Lions FC coaching courses into ones looking at the issues of child obesity, using football as the catalyst for change. Using the 3 Lions FC brand, Calverton advertised their project to children in the three local primary schools within reach of the FA Community Club, by sending in qualified coaches to deliver extra curricular clubs and taster sessions. During lunch breaks, the clubs qualified nutritionist delivered enjoyable sessions on eating and drinking, educating the children on 'The Balance of Good Health' and providing them with a nutrionally balanced lunch at the club. Building on the success of this project, the Nottinghamdshire FA are using the club and nutritionist to deliver in-service training to other FA Charter Standard Clubs.
Futsal - The making of the game - Brownedge St. Mary's RC High School and Sports College, Lancashire FA
The Physical Education Department at the secondary school have successfully implemented a futsal programme to promote physical activity to all year groups (7-11), boys and girls, in the curriculum and been incorporated into football / health and fitness / leadership modules, as well as extra curricular activity. Staff have attended the FA Introduction to Futsal course and used the resources from this course to effectively plan lessons. Further to this, the PE department have developed a futsal skills circuit and SAQ circuit which has been used to promote both skill and fitness development. Games have been timetabled prior to school beginning, which has led to a reduction in the number of playground incidents and involved the Year 10 pupils organising and officiating at this fixtures as part of their FA Junior Football Organisers award, with the results linked to the whole school House Points system. This has also been themed around the World Cup with each form group being given a different country to represent and gaining more house points by researching and learning about that country, developing a whole school ethos to the development of futsal and the World Cup.
As you can see from the above examples, the standard of entries was incredibly high and that’s involved me trying to pull a summary paragraph from each project, omitting lots of information on things they have done! I'll be writing to each winner formally this week to invite them to the England v Jamaica game on Saturday 3rd June and as part of winning this award, there is two tickets for the game included within the eight for the football development staff. It might be worth contacting each winner locally as the County FA to arrange a local presentation also in honour of their national recognition.