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Fulham teaching Franklyn the value of teamwork

30 Jun 2021
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Premier League Inspires and Fulham FC Foundation help young student to improve at working with others in school

To mark the Premier League Inspires Challenge celebration on 1 July, we looked at how the programme, which is supported by the Professional Footballers' Association and the Prince's Trust, helps marginalised 11 to 25-year-olds fulfil their potential.

Fulham

There can be a thin line between healthy and unhealthy competition but, with support from Premier League Inspires and the Fulham FC Foundation, young student Franklyn is getting the balance right.

"Last year we had a few issues with Franklyn struggling to work with others," says Mr Thomas, a teacher at Franklyn's secondary school, Elmgreen in West Norwood, south London. "He's very competitive, and sometimes that spilled over into the classroom."

So Elmgreen got Franklyn to engage at school in one-to-one sessions with the Foundation's PL Inspires coach Richard Morris.

PL Inspires uses the power of football and the local club to inspire young people to develop the personal skills and positive attitudes to succeed in life.

Franklyn's story

"It's a totally different story now," says Mr Thomas. "He's matured and PL Inspires has helped him work much better as a team member, and his behaviour issues have considerably dropped."

See: Learn more about PL Inspires

Franklyn has seen the change in himself too.

"Inspires has helped my behaviours outside and inside the classroom," he explains. "The programme helped me enjoy school more.

"The most important skills I've learnt is teamwork, because I play a lot of sport and it has helped me in the classroom as well.

"I don't get frustrated straight away. It makes me feel good because you get to work in a team, which is important outside school and in life."

Fulham are among 31 PL and EFL club community organisations who ran Inspires sessions last season at their stadiums or in local schools and organisations. 

Also in this series

Part 1: How Man City help young people find their voice
Part 3: How Amelia provided vital support during lockdown
Part 4: 'PL Inspires has given me something to look forward to'
Part 5: Morgan using PL Inspires message to help others
Part 6: Emily focused on the future thanks to PL Inspires
Part 7: PL Inspires celebrates impact of social-action projects

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