FA Respect Award Funds Classroom Development

Reds in the Community have been able to develop the classroom space at Oakwell thanks to receiving money from the FA Respect Award.

The £20,000 prize was given to RITC due to Barnsley Football Club’s fair play in the 2017/18 Championship campaign.

It has allowed us to grow our impressive education setup for young adults aged 16-19 through three new learning spaces.

Before the award, classroom space was very limited with students often split across a number of locations, including using the executive boxes in Oakwell Stadium.

The prize money has allowed 67 young adults to access our education courses over the last academic year, with 92% retained in learning as well as a 92% pass rate.

It is also helping the education department grow further with the launch of the Shadow Scholarship programme and a Foundation Degree, the latter in partnership with the EFL and the University of South Wales.

Over 100 young adults will be studying with us at Oakwell from September, something that would not have been possible without this new classroom space.

Education Officer Mark Crossfield explained the huge impact of the prize money in growing his department.

He said: “They’ve made a big difference. They’ve made us more in line with what other colleges and schools can offer for further education. It’s allowed us to grow as a department and offer more places to students.

“There’s no way we would’ve had the space or teaching facilities to take in the amount of students that have applied for this year. We’ve been overwhelmed with the number of applications we’ve had from students after coming to see the facilities with their parents. That’s re-assured them of the quality of education they’ll get with Reds in the Community.”

Not only has the development helped grow the education department, but it will also support the various other projects that Reds in the Community run.

Our holiday camps for children of different ages, birthday parties and disability groups will also benefit from the updated facilities while it will also enhance the support we can give to groups such as the refugee football teams.