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The Albion programme, West Midlands

West Bromwich

Starting her football journey at age seven, Frankie Crewe has been a football coach at The Albion Foundation for two years. She has been involved with facilitating our Albion programme in partnership with West Bromwich Albion Football Stadium over the past two academic years.

The partnership has involved running interactive education days for primary school students at the West Bromwich Albion football stadium, delivering workshops about the importance of inclusion through the lens of the Three Degrees (the first three black players to be fielded at once by a British club) and our Faith and Belief Forum workshops on inclusion and exploring the students own identities.

Whilst working at a primary school in Tipton, Frankie found herself working with a class of Year 5 students who had been struggling with their communication and team work skills. Frankie was able to draw on some of the activities that she had learnt from our Faith & Belief Forum workshops to use with the class.

Frankie says that after doing some of the Faith & Belief Forum activities, the children were able to point out their similarities and differences and the penny dropped for them, ‘I really felt it opened the children’s eyes up to the fact that differences weren’t a barrier.’

The introduction of the activities was a turning point for the class and Frankie was able to see a marked improvement in the students’ communication and team work skills over the six week period that she coached them.

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