OA 2024 Issue 05


SPORTS PARTNERSHIP WORK 2023 – 2024 by Nick Brown, Director of Sports Partnerships

Oasis Academy Rugby: We have hosted two visits, coinciding with our Year 8 games sessions, enabling joint training sessions, as well as providing CPD (continuing professional development) for their staff, who include OA Josh Vallance (05-12). U14 Basketball Competition: Eight teams took part in this competition, including Kingsdale, Sacred Heart, Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich, Charter North Dulwich, Trinity Academy and Dulwich College. U10 Football Tournament: We hosted 30 schools for the annual U10 Football Tournament, with a mix of state primary and independent junior and prep schools. U16 Basketball Competition: Seven teams competed, from Kingsdale, Sacred Heart, Harris Boys’ Academy East Dulwich, Ark All Saints, Trinity Academy and Dulwich College, with Harris beating Kingsdale in the final. Girls United: We hosted our first event with Girls United, which is a football club based in South London dedicated to empowering girls and young women aged 5 to 18. Present were representatives from Nike and Chelsea FC, including Aggie Beever-Jones, one of Chelsea’s top players. St Matthew’s Project – Coach Education: We invited a group of young aspiring football coaches for a coach development session led by FA tutor Peter Augustine. Diversity in the Business of Sport (DiBS): Huss Fahmy – former head of football operations at Arsenal Football Club – joined us for an afternoon session looking at ways to develop the DiBS programme, which looks to support those from all backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing careers in sports industry. Guests included representatives from DC, former City Heights students, the St Matthew’s Project and Crystal Palace FC. Snow Leopards Cricket: The Snow Leopard project is aimed at providing cricketing opportunities for young players from different backgrounds. In particular, the project has attracted a high proportion of young people from Afghanistan, many of whom are refugees.

Service is firmly embedded within the DNA of a Dulwich education and the College has worked hard over the last few years to extend the sports partnership element of its work. Sport has long been at the heart of the partnership work carried out by the College, and our location in South London makes us perfectly placed to offer our facilities and staff to work with a wide range of local partners, who include schools, clubs and charities.

The ambition is to have a long-lasting, positive and

significant impact on both our pupils and the local community. The benefits to date have been obvious and it has been a great pleasure to see how the opportunity for greater engagement in a wide range of different activities has helped young people develop both physically and mentally. Fitness levels have improved, new skills learned, aspirations raised and resilience built. Teamwork and leadership training will have long-term benefits far beyond those used on the games field.

During the 2023 Michaelmas term hundreds of students have benefitted from the scheme.

City Heights Partnership: Forty Year 7 pupils visited for a weekly sports session. One group learned to play rugby, the other group had swimming lessons (targeting beginners or non-swimmers). Dulwich Wood Primary: Sixty Year 4 pupils had swimming lessons. In addition, we hosted their running club before school, including a one- off athletics masterclass for the pupils. Tulse Hill and Dulwich Phoenix Hockey: We continued to support this project with partner schools chosen based on high pupil premium. One of the drivers of the project is an attempt to fill the opportunity gap that these schools and children face compared to many of their peers.

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