Children across Wolverhampton are being encourage to aim for their ‘Golden Goals’ as part of an exciting new project launched by the Wolves Foundation.
Staff are delivering a six-week learning programme based around school pupils identifying their aspirations, how to best to achieve them and how to overcome any obstacles which are likely to block their path.
The aptly named Golden Goals project will also see pupils learning about the successes of some of their fellow Wulfrunians such as Beverley Knight, Liam Payne and Jacqui Oatley, as an inspiration of just what can be achieved.
“In the past we have gone into schools and delivered one off lessons on subjects such as wellbeing or hydration, but Golden Goals is a new initiative based around six one-hour lessons,” explains Tom Warren, schools manager with Wolves Foundation.
“As a city, Wolverhampton has not necessarily been associated with people having high aspirations, but there is no reason why that should be the case, and that is what we are trying to encourage.
“We start off with teaching the pupils how to set their goals and how they can go about trying to tackle them, such as whether they know what jobs they are keen to pursue in the future.
“Maybe they want to be a teacher? Maybe a sports coach, or video game designer? Whatever it is we can look at what they need to do to achieve that and what obstacles might stand in their way.
“Golden Goals includes some work around people from Wolverhampton who have gone on to make a real success in their chosen careers, such as Jacqui Oatley, Liam Payne and Beverley Knight.
“We can show the pupils how it is that those people have managed to achieve their goals, and then set tasks for them to research others on their own, such as Wolves’ former owner Sir Jack Hayward and the Foundation ambassador, Producer S-X.”
The course will then broaden out to discuss other areas around achieving goals, including how S-X has coped with bipolar disorder, and areas around equality, diversity and inclusion.
“We have seen how important these issues can be very recently with events around the world and footballers getting involved in the Black Lives Matter movement,” adds Tom.
“It all extends out into talking about the barriers which people may face, across all levels of everyday life.
“We want the message to be that whoever you are, wherever you come from, you can achieve your aspirations.
“We feature different people who have overcome adversity in their lives, right through from someone who has become a writer despite being dyslexic, to Nick Vujicic, the man with no arms and no legs who can still swim, surf and play golf and is a fantastic motivational speaker.
“At the end of the six weeks, we will then take it back to the pupils and seeing what it is they want to achieve, and what they have learned about what they need to do.
“Our own ambition is to be able to pass on to them learning and information on the goals they can follow to hopefully lead to a golden future.”
The classes will initially be delivered to a small number of schools on an online basis to Upper Key Stage 2 pupils (aged 7 to 11) as part of their PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) programme.
The programme will then be rolled out to more schools from September, potentially with face-to-face learning depending on Covid-19 restrictions, when it will become part of the compulsory ‘Relationships Education’ featuring on the national curriculum.
Starting out with online delivery of Golden Goals is another example of how the Foundation has adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic and continued to lead with virtual learning for some of its partner schools, as well as aiming to keep pupils engaged with Activity Packs.
“It has been a big challenge for us, but the staff have been brilliant and creative and shown how we can adapt,” says Tom.
“It was a case of we had a problem with not being able to deliver our normal service, so how could we fix it, and that is how we have always worked.
“How could we help the schools that we were no longer able to visit? What could we do to make sure we were still engaging with them?
“We have managed to come up with some different ideas from the virtual lessons to online resources and the activity packs, and have received some really good feedback which is always good to hear.”
- Click here to view some resources for people of all ages put together during the Covid-19 pandemic by Wolves Foundation.