News - The Phoenix Nest
|Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 6:00|
The Kent Phoenix are delighted to confirm the award of £10k from Sport England following a successful Small Grants Funding application. The application which was submitted with support from American Football Development Ltd (AFD) is a significant step forward for us and a vindication of the hard work carried out by such a young organisation. Since its formation in September 2016 the Phoenix have developed and grown as an organisation and demonstrated that Youth specific American Football programs are not only viable but sustainable, the ability to control and focus its attention and tailor its delivery to a Younger audience has seen numbers grow and participation and awareness increase.
We have Flag teams participating in Regional competition and our Under 17 kitted team have a busy schedule competing within the British American Football National League. As one of the most inclusive sports we have seen an increase in the number of young girls playing and have delivered community development opportunities which have introduced our sport to more young people in our local and wider communities than ever before. We are keen to see this work continue.
In submitting our application we ensured that we put forward a plan that would enable us make maximum use of the funding available in order to deliver quickly the goals and aims set out in our plan. Working with AFD we have developed a plan to run a Schools Flag program that will not only allow us to introduce the sport to a number of local secondary schools but will also provide training for staff as well as a tournament day which will enable the schools involved to compete against each other. Through this program we will look to promote the sport and Kent Phoenix creating pathways for young children involved in Schools programs to progress into community American Football. AFD will be contacting a number of schools in the coming weeks to set this program up and we will follow their progress through our Facebook, Twitter and website.
We will also be able to set up and run Coaching development sessions that will provide our coaching staff the opportunity to enhance their skills and continue to deliver the highest standard of training and development to our young players. Our goal as an organisation is to always focus our program on skills development and fun. In doing this we will continue to provide all our children with the best possible introduction to American Football and opportunities to play to the highest standard.
Finally we will look to improve the training equipment we need to deliver fun and progressive training sessions. American Football requires a great deal of specialised equipment in order to ensure we are able to fully develop our players skills and abilities, the funding will allow us to purchase some items of equipment that would otherwise be out of our budget. Fun training session encourage greater attendance at training and get more young people interested in joining our organisation.
We are hugely grateful to Sport England for supporting our plans and to AFD for helping us move closer to achieving them.
The Phoenix are Rising......