Woking Football in the Community in the past three years have expanded their work to include work with Woking Mind. The scheme was approached to help coach and manage the newly formed Woking Minders football team.
The team is a mental health service users’ football team founded in April 2008. The team is the first mental health football club to be registered with the Surrey FA. And currently competes in the Positive Mental Attitude League. The team comprises of players who attend the Woking Mind drop in centre. They include players from Alpha Hospital and others referred by Woking CMHT. The team aims to be self sufficient and run by service users, who are being encouraged to attend football related courses to fill the roles needed to run the football club. Woking Football in the Community have helped run football coaching sessions and tutorials for the team to enable them to fulfil this.
Janie Cottle of Woking Mind writes;
“Woking Minders are coached by Chris Sexton, a Woking FC Trainer. Initial start up funding has come from The Football Foundation (equipment), Calor Gas Guildford (kit sponsors) and Donal Hegarty Surrey CC Commissioner (Training pitch fees). The team is indebted to Woking FC and Jane Spong, Woking FC Football in the Community Director, for advice, loan of equipment, general support and goodwill.”
For the first time in 2008 Woking FC hosted the Junior Citizens event. Youth Intervention Police Officer Craig Matthews writes;
“Between 6th and 24th October 2008 WFC played host to the annual Junior Citizen event. Organised by Surrey Police, with input from Woking Borough Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, St John’s Ambulance Surrey and the Football Club, nearly 1000 pupils from 22 primary and junior schools across the borough came to the stadium for half a day. During that half day the children were split into groups of 7 or 8 they then go around a carousel of eight different activities all designed to increase their awareness of their own personal safety. Activities include learning about staying safe on the internet, the dangers of making hoax 999 calls, what to do when discovering a fire, staying safe near water and stranger danger. This is the first time that Woking FC has hosted the event which has been declared a great success, and plans are already in place for Junior Citizen to return to Kingfield in October 2009.”
Woking FC are pleased to play their part in this Community initiative and look forward to welcoming the schools and children back to Kingfield next year.
Work Experience Students
The scheme has work experience students with them throughout September to May. Students experience coaching within schools as well as the back-up work needed to run a successful community dept. Anybody wishing to come on work experience should contact the Community dept on 01483 772470 ext 221/223.
The Community scheme devised a five week Healthy Lifestyle plan which has now been delivered to over 10 schools. Due to the success of this scheme and at the request of Woking Mind the community department tailored the plan so it was suitable for their clients. The adapted plan included shopping and cooking, nutrition and fitness classes with one session being attended by 65 people. The scheme was so successful the Community Dept won a Positive Practice Award from Care Services Improvement Partnership for their work with the group.
Visits & Tours of Kingfield
The Community scheme welcomes schools to Kingfield on a regular basis. Yearly visitors are St Dunstan’s School. Children are shown the Boardroom, Dressing Rooms, Kit Room. They also get to try on the Woking team kit, as part of their visit they are asked to design a new Woking shirt with the winners being chosen by the players and presented with a signed ball.
Other schools visit the club as part of their maths lessons, they measure the pitch, count seats in the stand, estimate how high the floodlights are.
These visits are always popular with children any school wishing to take up this option should call the Community dept for details.
Birthday parties are linked with a Woking Home game and are a great way to celebrate that special day for any football mad boy or girl. Children enjoy;
- 1 ½ Hours of Football Training
- Tour of Ground including Kit Room, Boardroom and Dressing Room
- Meet 1st Team Players
- Reserved Seating in Family Stand
- Exclusive use of the party room
- Food & Drink
- Present & Complimentary Programme for the Birthday Boy or Girl
- Party Bags
- Anyone wishing to hold a party please contact the Community Dept