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Bolton School chosen as a Football Focus School

Monday, 05 October 2009

Bolton School has been chosen as the Independent Schools Football Association (ISFA) Focus School for the Manchester and Northwest region.

The school is one of 8 Focus Schools from different regions around the country selected to receive focused support from ISFA, who work alongside the Football Association to develop and promote the game in the independent sector. Building on the School's involvement in the Bolton Schools' Sports Partnership, this is an opportunity that will benefit schools in the whole area.

ISFA will support each of the schools to drive football development in their own school, and particularly throughout their region. Priority is given to development in the 5-11 age group, with the creation of a network of Young Leaders through volunteering, the development of girls' football, and coach education, and it is in these areas that a Focus School will be assisted in working.

Bolton School will work closely with ISFA to spread ideas from the centre throughout schools in the whole region. Further to the events already hosted at the school as part of the Schools' Sports Partnership, the ISFA scheme will encourage a series of coaching courses, festivals and invitational afternoons to help spread best practice. Focus Schools will be key supporters of the RESPECT and fair play initiatives within the Independent sector.

The ISFA Focus School status is a credit to the outstanding facilities and expertise available at Bolton School. Both the Senior and Junior Boys coaches have played football professionally - Senior Boys Coach Keith Branagan is an ex Bolton Wanderers and International player, and Junior Boys Coach Mike Duxbury, is an ex Manchester United player.

The school has a good track record of producing professional players including Sean McAllister who plays for Sheffield Wednesday and Julian Darby, ex Bolton Wanderers player who now coaches Derby County.


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Primary Football

The scheme will build on current initiatives to benefit and involve local schools

Girls football

Girls' football is a priority area for development within the scheme

Mr Pledger and Mr Branagan at the ISFA Focus Schools' Launch event at Wembley