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Developing Parental Engagement through Sport


The site is very exposed and whilst parents drop pupils off, many don’t want to wait as there are no refreshment facilities or any shelters for Parents or Pupils to stand and keep dry. The Site is also used by Academy Rugby and Football Club.

Our goals:

  • To increase parental engagement and support of school sports. The primary aim is to encourage more parents to get involved in supporting their child and the wider school community through staying at the sports grounds when they drop off pupils.
  • To provide adequate shelter and catering facilities from the elements. The site is very exposed and lacks the facilities it requires.
  • To support the work of the Academy Rugby and Football clubs to further engage the local community in sport. The school has an excellent link with the sports club and a building of this nature would further develop their profile in the community.
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How we will achieve our goals

The community award will develop the site into a functioning sports club for both the school and the community. Providing safe shelter for spectators, catering facilities for visiting teams and spectators. The modular building and catering facilities will enhance engagement with parents and local people who support the school and club.

Where the money will go

The playing fields are known for being very cold. It is therefore an under used and supported resource by Parents and the local community. Having a modular spectator and catering building, which can be used like a proper clubhouse, will develop community engagement and extend the use of the facility.

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  1. Posted on November 2, 2016

    Brill idea all Academy folks get voting and sharing

  2. Posted on November 5, 2016

    What a great way to allow parents to engage with other parents while enjoying watching their children doing what they like.

  3. Posted on November 7, 2016

    Great way of meeting other parents! Come on people lets see the votes!

  4. Posted on November 8, 2016

    This is a project that is long overdue, come on everyone lets spread the word and get people voting.

  5. Posted on November 10, 2016

    Voted 🙂

  6. Posted on November 10, 2016

    Have votted. Good luck in getting funding.

  7. Posted on November 14, 2016

    Voted. Good luck?

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  10. Posted on November 14, 2016

    Good luck with the funding!!

  11. Posted on November 15, 2016

    Super idea for all sporting parents. Good Luck!!!

  12. Posted on November 16, 2016

    Really pleased that this is happening such a fantastic idea. It would benefit not only the parents but also the children as more parents will be able to come along and support their kids.
    Come on guys get behind this one and vote.

  13. Posted on November 16, 2016

    This is a great initiative and I whole heartily support the project.

  14. Posted on November 19, 2016

    Good luck! Come on everyone, get voting!

  15. Posted on November 20, 2016

    voted best wishes in getting the funding.

  16. Posted on November 28, 2016

    Very necessary development for grandparents to watch their grandchildren compete in BRA sports programn

  17. Posted on November 28, 2016

    As a parent of an Academy pupil and an ex pupil myself, I find the notion of one of the richest schools in Northern Ireland seeking critical public funding for a shelter so parents don’t get wet whilst watching their children play rugby in the rain to be a disgrace.

    Before voting I urge everyone to look at the many other significantly more worthy causes on the site which could benefit of this funding.

  18. Posted on November 29, 2016

    As a parent who nominated the school I am sad to read your comments. All schools are in difficult financial situations. I have not seen the school budget but like many schools I know – it goes on running costs and the best resource – the teachers. This project is about building community, both in school and through local sport clubs. I am happy to engage further with you and the school to further discuss your comments. Please leave your details at the school office and I will be in touch.

  19. Posted on November 30, 2016

    Good Luck!

  20. Posted on November 30, 2016

    Good luck from Scotland!

  21. Posted on November 30, 2016

    Lets hope we get the required votes to make it a success 😀

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