Outwood Academy Shafton Students Enjoy Oakwell Experience!

A group of students from Outwood Academy Shafton visited Oakwell today for a day of football-related activities.

The students, who ranged from years seven to 10, took part in a number of different sessions to give a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day running of Reds in the Community and Barnsley Football Club.

Upon arrival, Reds in the Community coach James Cooke took the students around Oakwell Stadium, giving them the chance to see the changing rooms and sit in Daniel Stendel’s seat in the home dug-out alongside much more.

Sports Development Officer Kieron Campbell then led the group into the Oakwell East Stand concourse to have a look at Reds in the Community’s new Heritage Project displays, which timeline the history of Barnsley FC.

Kieron was then one of four members of staff, alongside Education Tutor Andy Roberts, Media Officer Michael Hale and NCS Coordinator Aimee Phillips to give a short talk, giving an insight into the different job roles within football and the varying pathways into those careers.

After a lunch break, the day ended with a football session on the Oakwell indoor pitch before the students departed.

Shafton’s PE Teacher Michael Jepps attended the day and explained how beneficial the experience was for his pupils.

He said: “It’s been really beneficial. Obviously coming to a professional sports club you get the chance to see that it’s not just football that happens here.  There’s lots of things behind the scenes in terms of careers and jobs within football clubs to make it run properly.

“We’ve got a range of students from year seven to year 10 so they are at different stages. The older students are thinking about college and university. You’ve got careers in business, careers in therapy, through coaching in football and on the flip-side, you’ve got things like finance as well. We’re quite lucky at Outwood Academy Shafton because we’ve got amazing facilities. Coming to a professional sports team, getting a chance to tour the stadium and take a look at the facilities, it’s next standard and it’s something they can aspire to.”

Reds in the Community can offer similar activity days to primary schools and secondary schools in the borough of Barnsley. For more information, contact [email protected].