Clear - the safety and compliance specialist has successfully smashed its year one target linked to delivering a sports sponsorship programme to Thanet area schools via Cliftonville Hockey Club’s community outreach programme.
The initiative, which started just four months ago, has already resulted in the delivery of hockey coaching to 11 primary and secondary schools across the Thanet area hitting the original target of 10-12 schools in the first year of the programme. Spearheaded by James Provins, Club Treasurer of Cliftonville Hockey Club, it offers fun and enjoyable hockey sessions to children aged between 9-14. Designed to encourage more young people into the sport a mix of eight junior and senior schools are on board, including St Nicholas at Wade, Upton, Dane Court, Garlinge, Northdown, St George’s CofE Primary & Secondary & Chilton. In addition, three schools are being coached this term, including two follow-ups from last term: Chatham House, St Laurence Primary, Newlands and continued sessions for St George’s CofE primary and secondary. By providing introductory sessions to the sport, it is anticipated that the same schools will adopt a more formal training programme in year 2.
Plans are also afoot to introduce a local schools hockey tournament. Originally planned for Spring 2022 this will be rescheduled to year two of the programme due to the current Covid situation. The competition will involve schools across Thanet and it is hoped that this will become an annual event. Clear's sponsorship is helping to fund the cost associated with delivering the specialist training from qualified sports coach Isaac Dilkes.
Matt Westby, Director at Clear said:
“We are delighted with the response to this project which is designed to provide many children across Thanet with the opportunity to enjoy the benefits associated with exercise and also to gain access to a sport that they may otherwise not be able to experience. The relationships we are developing with the schools are strong and this was the key objective for year one. We’ve received excellent feedback in the first half of the season with schools commenting on how pleased they are with the high standard of coaching and how much the children are enjoying the hockey sessions.
We look forward to the programme’s continuing success with more schools set to join in the coming months. With Clear’s strong track record in delivering safety and compliance management within the schools’ sector, this sponsorship continues to represent a natural fit for our business providing an opportunity for children to participate in a fun, safe and competitive environment.”
First published: February 2022