Bluebirds Trust Building Links Between First Team & Community

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Over the summer The Bluebirds Trust answered a call from new Barrow AFC Manager Ian Evatt to help purchase vital GPS training equipment - and now local schools will be able to track player performance in their maths lessons.

Two local school teams, St Georges and St James enjoyed the full Holker Street experience, meeting manager Ian Evatt, getting changed in the players’ changing rooms before emerging from the tunnel to take part in a friendly match, refereed by local Bluebirds ace Nathan Waterson, who was hooked up to the new equipment.

Manager Ian Evatt also met the children and attended the event, passing on some tips to the football crazy Year Five children.

As part of the agreement to supply the funding for the GPS devices, Barrow AFC in the Community will be able to use up to date information on first team player performances, taking on the role of junior analysts.

The Trust paid the first half of the GPS equipment with Barrow AFC agreeing to meet the second,

“The data will be fantastic for us to take into schools and look to link it to numeracy,” said a delighted Head of Community Craig Rutherford. “We want schools to feel part of the club and hopefully different schools can be in charge of certain parts of analyses. The data from the vests, shots to shots on/off target, discipline points with yellow and red cards. The pupils can use the data to look for patterns, find averages, plot graphs and we even find something helpful for the management team. This will work nicely alongside our literacy project we will be rolling out next term.

Our main goal is to have schools feeling a part of the Barrow AFC family, building positive relationships with the management and playing staff and hopefully enjoying a Saturday afternoon supporting the players.”

Manager Evatt said, “I’d like to say a massive thank you to the Bluebirds Trust for helping me supply the club with the GPS units - they are a vital part of modern day football and help my staff monitor every move on the pitch.”

Bluebirds Trust chairman Steve Herbert said, “It’s a modern, up to date way of connecting local children with the club in a meaningful sense through their learning The children have also really enjoyed Barrow AFC’s hospitality today- hopefully we will see them on or off the pitch here in the future. Ian is really keen for the club to connect with the community which we fully support”

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