Schools Out

By SFC Media time Mon 29 Jul Saints Foundation

Schools are out for the summer, and it has been another successful year for our Community Champion scheme.

Working in secondary schools full time across the city, our six members of staff brought together a selection of students who have exceeded expectations this year to Hollywood Bowl for a few frames of bowling. 

Bringing along their parents too, it was an evening to unwind after the stresses and strains of school life with plenty of strikes to spare. 

Speaking about the event, Community Champions Coordinator, Ben Keens, added: “It was a great evening to take the students into a relaxed setting and allow them to unwind after their exam season. 

“It was nice to bring together parents as well, talk to them, which only helps our roles within the schools. It also brought out some people’s competitive streaks, which was really fun to see.”

But before everyone left for their summer holidays, we welcomed students from schools in Southampton to St Mary’s Stadium as we discussed issues close to their hearts alongside LifeLab. 

Teams from participating schools presented their findings on topics from mental health to diet and how they can help champion these issues within their school.  

Their findings were also presented to staff at Southampton General Hospital by their community champions, showing the influence our young people can have on our community. 

Explaining more about the project, Ben said: “I was really proud of the students for getting up on stage and presenting their findings to a room full of people. It takes a lot of courage to do that, and they all spoke so eloquently about topics they are passionate about. 

“This project has given us, in the team, a really good foundation to work on when we return to school in September – something we are all looking forward to.”


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