Bristol schools are twinned with neighbouring local authorities including South Gloucester, North Somerset and Bath and North-East Somerset, serving children from totally different communities to their own.
Together they form a joint team and compete at the Bristol Together Championships annual tournaments. The 2019 tournament will be held on Friday 14th June at UWEs brand new Centre of Sport on Hillside Gardens.
The five Year 5 children, one of whom must be female, participate in four training sessions, two hosted at each school. Many schools use this opportunity to not only have the 1 hour football skills sessions together, but to also extend it to have lunch or share their schools environment with each other deepening the team bond.
This programme is educational and whilst sport can help to develop a winning mentality we are focused on using the power of sport to ensure the children meet others from outside of their friendship circles. This we strongly believe helps with their confidence, communication, social mobility and tolerance of others who are culturally, ethnically, socially and financially different from them.
Throughout the programme we explore the children’s passions and gifts and we break down any barriers or misconceptions! The children and staff realise that whilst there are differences (geography, interest, practices, cultures etc) they have more in common than they first realised.