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Football freestyler visits adolescents at The Wells

21 Sep 2012

John WhettonInternationally acclaimed, football freestyler John Whetton visited the Trust’s adolescent unit for a special football skills training session.

One of the boys who took part in the event said, “It was a great experience and we really enjoyed John’s visit. He was really good at all the tricks and taught us some new skills which I need to start practicing!”

During their stay at the unit, the young men take part in a 49 week education programme, similar to mainstream school. In addition, there are six enrichment periods that coincide with the school holidays. The enrichment programme gives the young men a break from education and allows them to enjoy a variety of sessions designed to keep them active and help them to develop new skills.

Caroline Tewkesbury, Head of Education at the Wells Unit who arranged the visit said, “The boys work hard throughout the year on their education. Many of them are unable to leave the unit, so we do our best to bring the outside world in to them. We’ve run some great sessions including live music and DJ classes, basketball skills run by a Harlem Globe Trotter, and graphic design sessions where the boys produced their own t-shirts using ICT. It gives the young people a chance to experience new activities or in some cases, continue to develop skills or interests that they participated in prior to coming to the unit.”

At 25, John has already performed around the world, represented his country at the football World Cup, has opened football schools in Derby and Leicestershire and has been crowned the UK’s finest football freestyler at the Red Bull Street Style Championships.

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