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Community programme: Greenhouse Sports Football Club

For over a decade, Greenhouse Sports Football Club (GSFC) coaches have worked week in, week out with young people and adults living in the communities and estates surrounding Southwark’s Burgess Park, including the Aylesbury and North Peckham estates. During 2013-14, the club had over 1,000 active participants and played 338 matches, plus the coaching team engaged their young people for over 54,000 hours.

Our football club, which has grown steadily since merging with Bethwin Football Club in 2005, now boasts 21 boys’ teams, one girls’ team, two adult teams, and over 40 coaching staff, making us one of the largest competitive community clubs in the United Kingdom.

GSFC holds The FA Charter Standard Community Club Award, the highest level of The FA Charter Standard accreditation. This award recognises that we prioritise child protection, quality coaching and the implementation of the Respect programme.

All our team managers hold, as a minimum, an FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, while all coaches must have at least an FA Level 1 certification. GSFC welcomes young people of all abilities from the age of five. Participants train twice a week and play matches on Saturdays, with coaches selecting teams on the basis of attitude, behaviour and commitment.

For participants not competing on any given Saturday, we hold a Soccer School which regularly attracts between 80 and 120 young people. We also hold week-long training camps during the school holidays.

For our female players we have a Girls’ Development Squad. We also run community outreach programmes through which we look to engage more young people by developing partnerships with schools and other community organisations.

For more information on GSFC, visit their website.