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Barnton's new school partnership

Wed 21st September 2016 | Barnton
By Ian Templeman

Barnton FC have announced a new partnership with Barnton Community Nursery and Primary School.

The new partnership is the start of a campaign by the club to extend their involvement with local groups in the community, and builds on the existing links already in place with Mid-Cheshire College.

The partnership was established after Chris Appleton, a coach at Barnton, contacted the school to explore ways in which the club and school could work together. Chris explained:

“When I approached the school directly, they were extremely keen on the move. We'll be hosting coaching events, attending Carnivals and open days organised by the school and running competitions for students, such as designing a kit, interviews for players etc.

“The link will also see students participate in match day events, with students acting as mascots, ball boys and girls, and the school will also be receiving season tickets for each pupil and their parents. Plans are also in place to see club and school host community events together.

“It is hugely important to progress the clubs community relationships, and this link with the school is priceless.

“The enthusiasm of the school during negotiations was fantastic and we can’t wait to progress this link. We are also excited to get the kids involved in the clubs progression, and we hope to see them at games. Grassroots sports is about involvement, and for this community, this is a big step.

Ryan Jones, PE Coordinator at Barnton Community Nursery and Primary School, said:

 “We are excited at the prospect of working with Barnton FC as one of our sporting and community partners. The school has a strong sporting ethos, shared by our children and families, and such a partnership can only benefit everyone involved”.