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Port Vale Foundation goes back to school!

Our coaches set off on Wednesday last week for the first day of the new school term, eager to get stuck in to lessons. Like proud parents, we even got a beautiful picture of them in their new uniforms just before they left HQ!

Port Vale Foundation’s qualified coaches work with our partner schools in Stoke-on-Trent to deliver an extensive programme that includes sport, fundraising, wraparound cover and skills development.

In addition to retaining all of the schools we worked with last year, we’re delighted to begin this term working with four new schools.

We offer bespoke programmes for Early Years, Primary and Secondary education and can tailor our provision to meet the requirements of each individual school.

Danielle Woolridge, School Sport Manager at the Port Vale Foundation, is excited to have started the new term.

“We’ve been looking forward to September for some time now”, Danielle said. “Our planning over the summer has been focused on how we’ll be providing high quality and engaging support for our schools. A major part of this has been to put all our coaches through extensive professional development during the last few weeks to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.”

Some of the Foundation’s work is possible thanks to our partners, both nationally and locally.

Funding from the Premier League has enabled the Foundation to continue delivering the Premier League Primary Stars programme, which includes PE delivery, Maths and English interventions, and PSHE sessions.

We’ve also partnered with Higher Horizons and their Staffordshire University hub, who have generously supported our Mentoring programme in Secondary schools.

Danielle has noticed the impact of this support. “Working with partners has really given our offering a boost, not just in terms of funding but also in terms of access to expertise. We’re really grateful to these organisations who can see the value of the work we do. We have shared goals and by pooling our resources we can extend our reach.”

Another huge addition to our portfolio this year is the delivery of the Hanley Schools Football League.

This is the top football competition for schools in the Hanley area and 12 teams will be battling it out for match tickets, the chance to play at Vale Park and, most importantly, local bragging rights.

“The Hanley Schools Football League is a massive project for us and one that we’re delighted to be running,” Danielle told us. “Attaching the Port Vale brand to the project will give the competition a huge lift and we hope it will encourage more children at the schools to get involved with their school’s team. We’re already looking forward to welcoming some of them to Vale Park at the end of the season.”

Even with so much good work planned for the year, the Foundation still has ambition to grow the number of schools we work with and enhance the education of as many students in the community as possible.

If you’re a teacher interested in the work that the Port Vale Foundation could deliver in your school, please contact Danielle on 01782 757066 or