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

MFC Foundation Join Daughters And Dads Active And Empowered Project

We’re delighted to announce we will be part of the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered project for the next two years.

Women in Sport, in partnership with the Fatherhood Institute, EFL Trust and the University of Newcastle (Australia), is excited to announce that we are the latest to join a growing band supporting this initiative.

We’ll join Leyton Orient Trust, The Albion Foundation (West Bromwich Albion), Foundation of Light (Sunderland AFC) and the Stoke City Community Trust for year two of the project, alongside Fulham FC Foundation, who were part of the project’s inaugural pilot year.

In total, six clubs will deliver the programme for the next two years, supported by Sport England’s Families Fund through National Lottery funding.

The Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered programme has been developed by the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Professor Philip Morgan and his team.

The programme aims to increase physical activity levels, sports skills and social-emotional wellbeing of girls 5-11 years by challenging stereotypes about playing sport and physical activity and increase fathers’ confidence and ability to act as role models in relation to their daughter’s participation.

Rachel Horsley, Girls Football Lead Officer here at MFC Foundation, said: The philosophy behind the programme is very much in keeping with many of our own. We reach across the area with many programmes, but this one is just that little bit different. Programmes like Daughters and Dads help everyone come together, not just the dads and their daughters. Some find it easier than others to show their feelings, or to actively support and encourage. This programme helps on so many levels. It helps emotionally and physically and brings an understanding that the two work together – just like dads and their daughters.”

Eleven families took part in the project’s inaugural year, and the programme had a great impact on those that took part.  Initial findings suggest:

  • Father and father-figures on the programme mentioned growing a stronger bond with their daughters and suggested they would increase the amount of family activity they do as a result of taking part.
  • All the girls that took part in the project showed a strong belief that girls are just as capable as boys at physical activity and should be able to enjoy the same opportunities, both individually and with their family.

Women in Sport and the project partners will explore these initial findings in greater depth with a larger sample size to understand any significant impact in year two and three.

Lee Warren, Innovation Manager for the DAD Project, said: We’re delighted to have five new clubs involved in this project for the next two years alongside continuing our partnership with Fulham who have built strong foundations. We’ve already started to see the impact that the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered programme can have on its participants and the long-term lifestyle changes that it can deliver. We’re looking forward to seeing these clubs support more families in their local communities to get active.”

Mike Diaper, Executive Director Children, Young People and Tackling Inactivity, at Sport England said: Following a successful first year of testing the Daughters and Dads programme, we are really pleased that our National Lottery investment can now help to extend its reach into new areas across England.   We know that we need to continue to do more to help girls and less affluent families get active, and one thing that hinders this are gender stereotypes that can cause families to believe that physical activity is less important for girls than boys.  We also know that parents and carers often see their role as helpers and less as role models in encouraging their children to be active. This programme, based on a model from Australia, is addressing these challenges and we look forward to seeing the results of this in the North East, West Midlands and London.”

For more information on the Research and Advice Service and Women in Sport’s work visit www.womeninsport.org.