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Oaklands School: sports community project

Promoting links between the Club and local schools

At its recent meeting, the Trust Board reviewed the progress of a number of wider community and social initiatives involving York City.

One of those is the link with the Oaklands School sports community project. In July 2002, the Trust pledged 10,000 to help Oaklands achieve Sports College status. As set out at the time, this was part of the Trusts longer term aims about helping York City to prosper and play a larger role in the life of the city than it has in the past under previous regimes.

This article is not meant to be a comprehensive summary of the Oaklands sports community project, but simply provides some brief information within the context of the overall package of initiatives by the Club/Trust.

Oaklands School takes almost 900 students from its main catchment areas of Acomb, Foxwood and Woodthorpe in the west of the city. The school prides itself on the quality of education offered irrespective of the relatively wide variety of social and economic backgrounds, abilities and interests of its young people.

The school aims to:
- Raise standards of achievement in physical education and sport for all of its students across the ability range;
- The school will be a regional focus for promoting excellence in physical education and community sport, extending links between a family of schools, sports bodies (including York City) and community; and
- The school will increase participation in physical education and sport for pre and post 16 year olds and develop the potential of talented performers, the disaffected, young women, low earners, the elderly and disabled.

Part of the project involves the development of new sports facilities with a budget of around 1.3 million coming from a variety of sources including NOF, Sport England, DfeS and sponsorship (including that of YCST). The school aims to develop the site as a leisure and community facility for the city and region.

Other developments have included:
- The school will be the host for the first School Sports Co-ordinator partnership in the city. The team will work with families of schools on the west of the city to increase the extra-curricular and curricular provision of sport.
- A Director of Sport has been appointed, to oversee school and community development plans. Supported by a Community Sports Officer who will assist in some city-wide sports initiatives such as administering schools football leagues.
- Oaklands officially became a Sports College on 1 September and plans to raise whole school attainment by using sport as a vehicle.

The Oaklands sports community project is an important part within the strategic plans for the development of sport in York. It is the Trusts view that York City Football Club can also play a vital role in the development of sport for people in York and surrounds.

Anyone interested in helping to promote/further the Trusts relationship with the Oaklands sports community project please contact any Trust Board Member or provide your details via

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