The school of Everton
Everton is the only team of Premier League that settled up a free institution for students who, along with their regular education will have an extended athletic education. The charity of the club, with the financial support of Government, will help young children who lack the necessary resources to pay for private school sports to receive the education they desire.
Around 93% of students in mainstream schools in England are in public institutions. The tax covers the operations and students from 3 until 18 years age have the opportunity to be included in public education. Up to 2010 there was enough funding for special schools. However, after the change of government, the project was stopped and the money absorbed by the budget of general schools.
So for students who wanted to be in special schools, the solutions were limited and those who did not come from wealthy families had to limit the choices to impose their pocket. Bilingual or sports high schools, for example, were an elusive dream for some of them.
Last year, however, the creation of free Schools has began, which offer students another one option. Last September, 24 of them were into operation and this year the number increased to 55! Of these, 12 have been created by teachers, 19 from parents or social groups, 9 of charitable organizations and 13 from the existing education system.
From the teams of Premier League, Everton was the only one received the necessary funding from the government to "run" their own special school. The institute will open its doors to 120 students aged 14 to 19 years, to offer them a special high level training. The charity of Everton is very active.
Secretary for education Michael Gove said about the project: "Every child should have the option to go to a great local school. These new schools created by idealistic people who are determined to give parents this kind of choice that currently only the rich can have. The first 24 free schools are extremely popular and I expect this second wave to be as successful."
Liam Nolan, executive director of Perry Beeches II in Birmingham said: "It's a brilliant opportunity for us to extend our success in a new community and work with a group of people in the heart of Birmingham. This is one of the beauties of Free Schools, that the best schools may extend this excellent practice. "
Marina Gutierrez, Director of Bilingual Primary School Trust in Brighton said: "I am delighted that this project became a reality and that the children of Brighton & Hove have bilingualism as an educational option."
However, even in such efforts, there is always the voice of criticism. On the side of the opposition, Stephen Twigg said: "Some of the free schools that open are fully approved and will have brilliant, successful course and I wish them the best. Part of local authorities have recognized that the only way to get money from this government for schools is to have a free school. There are innovative teachers and principals that open free schools, I welcome it. But the problem we have is that the government has everything to free schools, so when they fail is a waste of money. The program has not been created for those parts of the country that need more schools."
Everton, however, is not interested in this criticism, since showed that football clubs can help in many aspects of society, as long as there is good mood and nice planning.