We may have been physically apart but the academy remained virtually connected with our members throughout Lockdown. We have also developed a number of exciting initiatives to offer our support to the community and our members during this incredibly difficult time.
From NHS nutrition donations, virtual fitness conditioning, academy challenges and even virtual personal development... our members and partners have been keeping themselves in shape physically and mentally during this uncertain period.
Through regular liaison with our dedicated team of coaches utilising modern day technology and innovation, our Academy scholars in particular have been able to maintain their education, work ethic, team spirit and competitive edge – and in some cases, show their character away from sport.
We have been in contact with our scholars every day, delivering virtual sessions, sending them programmes and challenges – we’re doing lots of things to try to keep them engaged and keep them in their routine, collaboratively devised between the coaching, medical, sports science and education departments.
We have also teamed up with our sponsors Core Group to support our communities during this time:
To date, we have:
* Collectively donated hydration drinks to Hospital COVID-19 frontline staff to support their resistance to fatigue and energy levels
* Introduced a ‘Virtual Player Development’ initiative, which provides free education and enrichment sessions to our academy members.
* Continued to support our scholars in the form of weekly sessions and also the launch of interactive live lessons on Zoom
* Provided nutritional support to students to stay active, healthy and promoting good hygiene practice.
* Promoted key government, EFL, mental health and national charity messages to combat the lack of routine for our scholars
*Launched a well-being campaign supporting physical and mental health
*Presented a Q&A session with Crawley Town first team player Glenn Morris
*Staff in regular contact with vulnerable young people
*Delivered end of season awards ceremony with presentation of Treble League Winners
*Provided over 1,000 meals for NHS workers and our athletes.
*Expert advice on how fans can stay healthy during Ramadan
*Medical equipment donated, including personal protective equipment
*Mental health and academy care initiative online *Introduction of the Youth Voice Forum *Launched our Elite U23 Development Squads *Announced our Online Study Provision
We are also committed that when the 2020/21 season commences, we will dedicate a game to our wonderful local emergency services, for those that have worked tirelessly to keep us safe.
The continued work in our community has always been something that the academy can be proud of and we will continue to work hard to offer help to people, especially during this tough period.