Students kick-off a new football initiative

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STUDENTS from Shoreham Academy led in the Sussex FA’s TEAM SIXTEEN launch event.

The programme promotes student-led activity and aims to increase participation within boys and girls football in secondary education.

The scheme is a new and exciting programme which encourages secondary schools to form student management teams to help facilitate small-sided intramural football leagues on school facilities.

The launch event was led by eight students from Shoreham Academy and they were aided on the day with support from members of The FA and the Sussex FA.

The event was attended by former Brighton & Hove Albion and Crawley Town goalkeeper Michel Kuipers, who worked with the students throughout the day answering questions and helping to promote football activity within the school.

The FA’s education project officer Steve Swallow said: “TEAM SIXTEEN is designed to give students the opportunity to play regular football in a format that suits them. That is exactly what Shoreham Academy has created. They have an excellent leadership programme which supports TEAM SIXTEEN, meaning the programme is delivered by students, for students.”

Sussex FA college and community coordinator, Michael Ryan will be working closely with Shoreham Academy in the future to provide a sustainable TEAM SIXTEEN league for the rest of the academic year.

Kuipers said: “It was great to see such a large number of students with various amounts of playing experiences taking part in the event and most importantly having fun.

“I would certainly recommend to all schools in Sussex to consider enquiring about TEAM SIXTEEN and the benefits it can have on the whole school community.”