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Gatwick Airport headlines sponsorship of Big Bang Fair 2019

Gatwick Airport will be headline sponsor for the Big Bang Fair South East – the UK’s biggest single celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for young people.

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Gatwick's stand at the Big Bang Fair 2018

Over 10,000 children from around 200 schools are expected to attend the Fair, which will also host the regional heats for the prestigious Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers of the Year competition. The competition is open to all 11-18 year-olds who have completed a STEM-related school project.

Gatwick’s sponsorship is part of airport’s education programme to highlight the importance and relevance of STEM subjects in the world of work, including at the airport which hosts 24,000 employees.
Bringing the subjects to life, airport staff – including its Chief Operating Officer and

Head of Engineering – will be on hand to answer questions and run displays in the Gatwick Zone at the Fair, which was attended by over 6500 young people last year.

Also bringing STEM subjects to life, the airport hosts monthly Learn Live interactive broadcasts live from Gatwick with students introduced to a wide variety of career paths and employees working in STEM-related careers at Gatwick.

Overall, Gatwick’s education programme is designed to help local young people gain confidence, raise aspirations and present opportunities that they may not otherwise have had. Other initiatives include bespoke, structured programmes for around 40 local students each year.

This is the third year in a row that Gatwick has been the lead sponsor for the Big Bang Fair South East, which will take place across two days on 26 and 27 June 2019 at the South of England Showground near Ardingly, West Sussex.

Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, Paula Aldridge, said:

“We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Big Bang Fair South East once again. Gatwick is passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers and this event gives us an opportunity to invest in our local community to help ensure that they benefit from Gatwick’s success, both now and in the future.

“Our objective as an airport is to inform the next generation of local young people about the diverse range of jobs that STEM skills are needed for, to bring them to life in an airport context and to help to build a pipeline of talent for the future.”

Head of STEM Sussex, Bronagh Liddicoat, said:

“I am delighted Gatwick Airport is again offering its top level support to the 2019 Big Bang Fair South East – enabling the showcasing of innovative science, technology and engineering, and the related career path opportunities, to young people and teachers within the local community.

“The Big Bang Fair South East, with Gatwick’s input, will support the Government’s new Careers Strategy by enabling young people to meet scientists and engineers at a vibrant two day celebration of STEM. The event has become a benchmark in school calendars, with those who attend confirming the huge impact and enjoyment it creates.”

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Chelsea FC Foundation brings initiative to Crawley school

The Chelsea Champions Programme is a Premier League funded project that enables Chelsea FC Foundation to place full-time staff within secondary schools and Thomas Bennett Community College was chosen for their programme.

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The aim of their programme is to increase physical activity, support leadership qualities and improve social, emotional wellbeing and increase resilience of pupils through a number of universal, targeted and individual initiatives.

Cutting through the jargon it is an exercise on both educating and motivating young people, in particular those who may be finding it harder than others with everyday situations

A spokesperson for Cheslea FC Foundation said:

“Here at Thomas Bennett Community College (TBCC) our Chelsea Champion is; Lauren Owens, who is supported by a Chelsea mentor; Yannick Jean. The Chelsea Fc Foundation Sussex department have taken over the old youth wing attached to TBCC, rebranded and relaunched it as the Community Hub. Open every day after school from 3-5pm, Monday-Thursday to TBCC students and Primary School students on a Friday. During half term, we open the Hub for Holiday Activities.

As part of support offered at TBCC, Chelsea FC Foundation have developed the Skills School project. An alternative learning provision that is to encourage positive behaviour in a group of ‘high profile’ students that struggle within main stream lessons. They take part in a variety of different activities and topics from English to Health and Wellbeing, Maths to Personal Skills. The aim is not only to help improve their behaviour in and around school but improve their self-esteem and resilience.”

Last Friday (15th March), the u18s Chelsea Academy Scholars delivered a session based around raising aspirations.

The foundation said the session was something planned out by the U18s Chelsea Academy Scholars based on information that they were given about the group of students.

The activities included looking at questions to encourage conversations around the following; ‘what being a role model was?’, ‘what qualities does a good role model have?’ and ‘what does aspirations mean?’ The main message they  put across to the students involved in the activity was that hard work pays off.”

For more information on how Chelsea FC Foundation can support your school, club or community please contact them on sussexdevelopment@chelseafc.com.

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