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Score! 20 new kits for Beechwood Pupil Support Centre
Thursday 27th May, 2010

Score! 20 new kits for Beechwood Pupil Support Centre
The team with Cllr Peet and Rob Davies.

Twenty new football kits means that the players and substitutes from Beechwood Pupil Support Centre in Whelley turned out in style for their game against Clifton in Salford this week.

And the best result came not from the pitch (where it remained nil nil despite some good efforts), but from the support of local ward councillor Jean Peet.

The centre works with young people excluded from school or with challenging issues, and Cllr Peet was impressed by the commitment of staff and the positive attitude of the youngsters there.

Cllr Peet says: “I am delighted to support the centre with a donation from my Brighter Borough Funds. These young people deserve our encouragement to take their proper place in society and after their hard work in the classroom, I know that they will learn a lot from teamwork on the sports field.”

The purpose-built centre, which was set up in 2008 on the site of the old St Stephen’s School, currently works with 24 young people. Although football’s not for all of them, bosses at the centre find that sport helps to bring them together and give of their best.

Centre manager Rob Davies says: “I’d like to thank Cllr Peet for her help. At the centre, we want to give the young people pride in themselves and the opportunity to demonstrate they can behave really well. To know they have the support of community leaders is very important to all of us here.”

Rob and his team continue to provide lessons in critical subjects such as Maths and English. They also concentrate on looking at the reasons behind behavioural issues and how to deal with them.

“Many children come to us with very low self-esteem which we try to address,” adds Rob. “We also work with them to look at such things as anger management and what is acceptable behaviour. Bad behaviour can be for all sorts of reasons – from problems with problems at home, the effects of divorce or the death of a parent or family member.”

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