Employability Pilot Project a Huge Success

The first ever Employability Pilot Project, held at Shelley FC has come to an end. The project, designed by DSY, and run in conjunction with Huddersfield Town Foundation, and Leonard Cheshire Disability, saw adults with a disability attend a 13 week course, learning the various roles of running a community sports club, (Shelley F.C.).

Two cohorts of students enrolled to the course, which was run at Shelley on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students took part in a wide variety of activities, including: Programme selling, turnstile operation, food preparation and hygiene, first aid, chair based exercise, planning an event, marketing, risk, and budgets. They also enjoyed a stadium tour at Huddersfield Town.

The students also took part in a number of volunteer opportunities, including operating the turnstiles and selling raffle tickets at Shelley FC on matchdays, helping with the foodbanks at Huddersfield Town, helping at a Firework display, and helping at other Huddersfield Town events.

All students agreed they had enjoyed the course, made new friends, and gained in confidence. One student, became a regular volunteer at Shelley FC. Another students secured a job as a Matchday Steward at Huddersfield Town F.C.

Student, Awais, from Huddersfield said “This has been the best 13 weeks of my life. Thank you. I feel more confident, and I have made new friends.”

Fiona Hall, Project Officer for DSY, said:-

“This has been a fantastic learning experience for us as staff also. We have tested the course materials, and we now know which bits work. What we need to do is expand this to a full year course, so we can back up the learning with further volunteering, and exit routes into employment. We’re proud of what’s been achieved in such a short time.”

DSY is looking to secure funding to support a one year project based at Shelley.