Football for good – Partnerships in the community

Oasis Community Learning's is ‘dedicated to positively transforming lives, learning and the communities we serve.’  Our academies realise that they cannot realise this ambition alone, that to be a true agent of positive transformation within a community that they must collaborate closely with others who share our vision.

Across the country, our schools and their connected community hubs have formed close-knit partnerships with a wide variety of brilliant organisations and charities that want the very best for local families. 

Executive Principal of Oasis Academies Lord’s Hill and Mayfield, Phil Humphreys, recently spoke to Southampton FC’s matchday magazine about the work the Premier League club does with our students.

When the Saints go marching in

Schools in 2017 are judged upon their OFSTED inspections, and to steal an old footballing cliché: the league table does not lie.

Both of Mr Humphreys’ schools, Oasis Academy Mayfield and Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, have improved outcomes in their latest reports. In layman’s terms, more youngsters have access to next steps in education.

This, he believes, is due in part to the work of the Community Champions programme, a scheme that places a Saints Foundation member of staff in the school full-time as a support link between students and teachers.

“At Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill our Community Champion is Lauren, who’s fantastic. The relationships she has with the children are just amazing,” he begins.

“The programmes that we are able to offer through her, from Premier League Kicks to one-to-one mentoring, all make a huge impact in the community.

“We are so grateful to the Saints Foundation for providing Community Champions like Lauren who are highly capable and have a great understanding of our students and some of the challenges they face. 

Students enjoying a visit to Southampton FC's St Mary's stadium

Having the familiar, friendly face of Lauren allows the schools to be in tune with the needs of their pupils and get right into the heart of their community.

“It has all been about engagement,” Mr Humphries continues.

It’s about reaching out and supporting our most vulnerable children, inspiring them to be key members of their school community.”

“To know that you have an adult in and around you that cares that much is very powerful for our young people.

“The brand of Southampton Football Club is the biggest thing about Southampton. That means Lauren can take it to the next level because our children and our families buy into it straight away.”

To watch a short video on the partnership, please visit Southampton FC’s website here: