Leicester City in the Community

Leicester City in the Community Complete Primary School Giveback!

To get into the spirit of sharing and giving, Leicester City in the Community has helped one school clean and organise over the New Year.

- Leicester City in the Community visited Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School as part of their regular giveback to the community
- Community staff helped clean and sort out the Premier League Primary Stars partner school
- Some tasks were around preparation for the Forest Foxes project, which will take place at the Beaumont Leys-based school

A number of tasks, both indoor and outdoor, were set and completed by a 20-plus strong team from Leicester City’s charitable arm.

Cupboards were cleaned and books were sorted indoors, meanwhile tree roots were dug, brambles trimmed, and an area was cleared in preparation for use in the future.

Alderman Richard Hallam School, which is one of Leicester City in the Community's Premier League Primary Stars partner schools, will also obtain sessions on one of the newest programmes – Forest Foxes.

Funded by the Department for Education, as part of the wider Community Forest Woodland Outreach Project, the Forest Foxes scheme gives children opportunities to learn outside among nature.

Sheila Capper, recently employed as an Outdoor Learning Coach with Leicester City in the Community, described what she, and the programme, will do at Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School.

“This is the first school I have started working at,” she said. “The school are preparing a bid to get finance for a wellbeing community garden.

Hopefully in a few months’ time we will see the real rewards of the garden flourishing from all of our hard work. The dedication from all the staff has been absolutely fantastic – we all have got stuck in.

Sheila Capper Outdoor Learning Coach

“I have been working with the schoolchildren to get their ideas on board.”

For Capper, it was a first taste of giveback, and it was an enjoyable experience: “Giveback is extremely rewarding – it is lovely to see everybody work together as a team.

“Hopefully in a few months’ time we will see the real rewards of the garden flourishing from all of our hard work.

“The dedication from all the staff has been absolutely fantastic – we all have got stuck in.”

Leicester City in the Community will work alongside the National Forest Company and Forest School Association to deliver the programme, which will be overseen by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Natural England.

Studies have proved that working in nature is good for wellbeing and through the programme, it will target children who are struggling to help improve attendance, behaviour and achievement in school.

To find out more about Primary Stars, Forest Foxes and any activation we commence at Alderman Richard Hallam Primary School, please email emma.lowry@lcfc.co.uk.

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