At schools in particular primary schools that I have visited, the very first thing I notice, is how strongly the presence and how everyone abides by their school values.
It’s visible in their foyers, posters and notices throughout the school, and the teachers keep reminding the students of their importance. Everything is circled around them. It is treated as the highest.
My involvement was to run incursion football programs on behalf of Football Victoria at primary schools all over Victoria. The very first thing the teacher would say to the students is “children, please welcome our guests and let’s show them our school values as they are here to teach you how to play soccer and have fun”. From the minute we started teaching, coaching, the respect the kids game us was amazing and at times overwhelming.
I wanted so much to create this very same environment at our club.
We held a parent workshop and together we formed our own core club values that specifically identifies us.
This was implemented last year. We created posters and a-boards and placed notices around the pavilion and dressing rooms for all to see. We also placed them on our social media streams.
In season 2024, once the squads are finalized, I look forward in meeting up with you all to go over our core club values in a workshop environment and discuss what they mean to us all.