Earlier this year I was delighted to hail the contribution to our local area of Crawley Town Community Foundation.
Their mission statement is ‘to engage, inspire and empower people through sport and football’ and is something which is being done right across town.
This includes delivery of National Citizen Service for 15 to 17 year olds – which I have been pleased to speak about in the House of Commons and present awards to young people participating at Broadfield Stadium – in addition to football training sessions and the Premier League Primary Stars programme for school pupils, higher education through the BTEC National Diploma in Sport, and walking football for the over 50s; the Community Foundation’s work serves different ages and backgrounds.
From this September, the Community Foundation will be offering a two year Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching & Development. The course is designed for anyone seeking to achieve a university degree while gaining experience for a career in the football industry.
The programme is being delivered in partnership with the University of South Wales, and all students will be enrolled as a student at that university. All lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in a supportive and inspirational club environment through online material.
On a separate note, as September comes to a close we are approaching the end of Blood Cancer Awareness Month. As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer I have heard a number of accounts of how Macmillan Cancer Support nurses help people beating and living with cancer. Given the charity’s work I am grateful to Crawley Town Football Club for holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September, from 9am to 1pm in Redz Bar at Broadfield Stadium.
Henry Smith MP