As Dunstable Town FC’s journey as a supporter-run club progresses, it continues to develop its Community Education Engagement Project. Over the past year, the club has been developing links with Dunstable Library which has culminated in the announcement of an official partnership between the Library and the club to develop and promote educational activities with local schools and the youth section of the club.
This will include firstly, the Library delivering a half-day workshop for primary school children that will get children to research the social history of the town and the history of the club using artefacts such as past copies of the Dunstable Gazette, football club programmes and books. Secondly, hosting talks by the Club Historian. Thirdly, running a Match Attax football card swap club to encourage young children to learn how to swap and share cards as well as developing their literacy and numeracy skills. Fourthly, the Library, with the help of the club and local people will create a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of the club.
Left to right – Paul Harris (Dunstable Town FC, Club Historian), Carly Levingstone (Area Manager South Leisure, Libraries and Countryside for Central Bedfordshire Council), Joe Selmes (Headteacher, Weatherfield Academy) and Alex Alexandrou (Interim Chairman, Dunstable Town FC)
The workshop has been developed in conjunction with the club and Totternhoe Lower School, which was the club’s Community School of the Season for 2016-17 and will be further developed by Weatherfield Academy, which will be the Community School of Season for 2017-18.
Alex Alexandrou, the Interim Chairman of the club stated “This is a huge step forward for education in the town. For the first time, it will bring together schools, the Library and the club to enhance young people’s understanding of local history in an engaging and fun manner”.
Carly Levingstone, Area Manager South Leisure, Libraries and Countryside for Central Bedfordshire Council stated “We are so excited and feel very lucky to be involved with the project. We look forward to helping to develop it by working with young students from local schools and young players from the club’s youth sides. Through this project we want to welcome young people into our ever-expanding family of readers”.
Joe Selmes, Headteacher of Weatherfield Academy stated “We are delighted to be involved with Dunstable Town FC because of its history and involvement in the local community and working with Dunstable Library to enable our pupils to gain the skills they need for a successful future”