Premier League Works

Marten de Roon & Viktor Fischer sitting on exercise bikes alongside participants on the PL Works programme

The Premier League Works programme was designed to cater for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), and to help them progress along their employment pathway and to achieve a person-centred outcome.

Our mission at MFC Foundation is to deliver an innovative combination of one-to-one support, personal development workshops, work placements and community action to inspire and support young people to realise their potential.

We run a 13 week programme delivered over two days each week (Thursday & Friday).  The programme is ran on a roll on roll off basis, making it accessible to young people at any time.  Throughout the 13 weeks each participant will complete the following elements:

120 hour Core Programme
Participants complete workshops that focus on developing their employability and life skills whilst also supporting them to develop functional skills such as English, Maths and ICT.

30 hours Work Placement
We work with each participant individually to identify and organise a work placement that best supports their employment goals.

Community Action Activity
Community action projects and activities are developed and organised by the group to not only develop their skills but also to contribute to the local community.

Sports Leaders Level 2 Qualification
This qualification is delivered to supports the participants with a number of personal and social skills such as communication, confidence, team working and leadership.

Throughout the programme we support the young people by giving them a Personal Development Plan that identifies their aspirations and gives them set goals.  Our Project Workers help the individual to work towards their goals and try to support them back into Education, Employment or Training.

For further information on the project please contact the PL Works team on 01642 454816 or email marc.mcphillips@mfcfoundation.co.uk

Charlie Is A Coach To The Core

One day Charlie Morris hopes to run her own team but for now she’s happy putting in all the hours she can learning every day from the chance she has been given.

When we meet during one of her sessions across one of the many projects she works on with MFC Foundation, hoping to gain a Coach Core qualification, she is putting a group of around 30 girls aged between five and nine through a warm-up exercise at the Herlingshaw Centre in Eston.

“I’ve been there,” she says. “I started playing football when I was two, I can relate to where they are now. Some like football, some have no idea what to do, but we have fun. At this age, it is about them enjoying themselves. If they are, then that gives me confidence.

“When I was younger there was none of these courses, now there are a few.”

There is an acknowledgement that as a young woman she is in a minority in a sport still dominated by males. But, she says, that’s changing.

“There are not many opportunities for women in coaching right now, not compared to men. It’s changing now though, already I can see a difference after the Women’s World Cup and the netball World Cup.

“I largely work with girls, but I do coach boys too sometimes. Some boys tell me I don’t know what I’m doing, but I do. It’s very important to be given a chance to show what you can do and I’m grateful for that.

“I love football, I’m a Boro fan, one day I’d like to run my own team, run my own drills and training sessions.

“I wasn’t really good at school, not at English and Maths anyway, PE was the only thing I was good at so coaching seemed a good idea.

“I’ve had help along the way in the three or four years I’ve been coaching, I did it in college too. I learn from each of the coaches I work with or under, the good and bad bits!

“One day I hope I’ll be in a position to help other people who want to take the same route as me.”