You can read the 2006 Chairman’s (James Toop) report below, and you can download the full newsletter here:2006 Newsletter
Inner City Fives Association
Following last summer’s successful launch of 1-Wall Fives in Croydon, the ICFA is running its first pilot project in the borough this year in co-ordination with the Croydon School Sports Partnership. The project will give all primary and secondary schools the opportunity to play Fives and take part in a Croydon Borough competition in July.
The plan is to expose all teachers who are involved in school sport to Fives. The School Sports Partnership is organising Inset days where we will have the opportunity to present 1-Wall Fives to all teachers, teach them some coaching games and offer their schools a free coaching masterclass with a REFCA coach.
We will also be running 90 minute twilight sessions across the spring and summer terms where Croydon teachers and School Sports Coordinators can gain an ICFA Level 1 coaching certificate. Through the partnership we have agreed to run several Fives festivals for clusters of three or four local schools, to be followed by an end of season Borough Fives competition for years 7 and 8 from all schools. We will use this event to showcase Fives to potential sponsors and Development managers from future Schools Sports Partnerships.
We are developing marketing materials for pupils, teachers and sponsors. This will be done through flyers, leaflets, and a promotional DVD (which will be ready in January).
A website will be ready for launch in April which will serve as a coaching resource and reference point for pupils. If anybody would like to or feels they can help with publicity, coaching or sponsorship contacts, then please get in touch. This scheme has real potential to spread Fives across London and raise the profile of the sport, but we need support from the Fives community to make it work.