A programme of life skills workshops for the Club’s Academy players, covering a range of sport topics has been extended through into April.
Organised at the beginning of the season by Head of Education and Welfare Chris Taylor, it was originally planned to run weekly until December.
A number of the Vale first team players, coaches, backroom and commercial staff have already provided presentations, as have local teachers and other professionals.
Troy Townsend who is the Education Manager at Kick It Out and father of Crystal Palace star Andros Townsend chaired one such session and provided a valuable insight into tackling racial abuse in the game.
Chris Taylor has been pleased with the way the workshops have been received so far.
“The Academy players of all ages have enjoyed the presentations which have proved to be an excellent supplement to the work undertaken by coaches and also by teachers at schools and colleges.”
“The topics covered are intended help the boys adjust to adult life and to make informed and sensible decisions during their time at the football club.
“For boys aged 9-16 the workshops provide advice on the importance of working hard at school to achieve their academic potential and give guidance on careers within and outside football.
“We also provide help for boys taking GCSEs and support members of the youth team who are taking courses at college.”
Future presentations which take place between now and the end of April will include: Cristian Montano “My life in football”, Phil Sproson “Changes in Football in recent years” and a representative from the local Constabulary to talk about the work of Staffordshire Police and career opportunities in the Police Force.
The sessions are planned to finish with Chris providing help with GCSE revision strategies for boys in the Key Stage 3 and 4 (14-16 years old) age groups.