Headed by Billy Hunter, Boreham Wood’s Community Department is currently running strongly, with regular activities going on in the local community and surrounding areas.
Curriculum and Multi-Sports Coaching
The Community Department are running multi-sports sessions and curriculum coaching at six local schools.
Not solely focusing on football, the Key Stage One and Two students receive first class sports training from the club’s UEFA B licensed coaches.
The sessions include football, tennis, rounders, tag rugby, quick cricket, hockey, badminton and many other sports.
As top sports coaches, they deliver quality sessions that teach the children the basic, and more advanced techniques of these sports.
Mencap and Borehamwood Day Centre
Boreham Wood continue to host coaching sessions for the Mencap and Borehamwood Day Care Centre, which have been a massive success.
The sessions are run by Community Coach Cameron Mawer every Friday, from 1-2pm and always get a great attendance.
The training has proved to be hugely popular within the community and the Wood have formed a special bond with the group over the two years.
Most recently, the two groups were invited to the club as our guests in the boardroom for our Non-League Day match against Maidenhead United.
The afternoon began with them welcoming the teams out as flag bearers, before they joined us in the boardroom for luxury VIP treatment.
Both Mencap and the Day Centre are all-inclusive groups in Borehamwood and they run a variety of activities from sport, such as football, to arts and crafts days.
The walking football teams train every Tuesday, from 7-8pm and they now have over 25 players.
The teams play in-house matches every week to an extremely high standard, with them now looking to join a walking football league, with weekly matches against other teams.
Most recently, they played against Leyton Orient’s walking football team, before our first team match against them in August.
After Schools Coaching
Boreham Wood currently run a Wednesday After Schools Football Coaching programme and the numbers have again increased massively. The sessions are for 3-11-year-olds, with three different age categories.
The youngest of the three categories is the little learners, running from 4-4.30pm for 3-5-year-olds, where the sessions focus on improving the youngster’s basic football skills.
The other two categories run between 4-5pm. Junior Trainers is for 6-8-year-olds and looks at the next stage of their development, coaching more in-depth with specific passing, shooting and dribbling drills.
The final category is the future stars, for ages 9-11, these sessions cover more advanced techniques, with match-related drills that improve the player’s understanding of formations and movement.
The quality of these sessions is outstanding, with the children being coached by UEFA B licensed coaches. Children often receive a FREE Boreham Wood home match ticket, and a discounted adult ticket.
These tickets allow the children to watch their favourite Wood players in action, who they can then attempt to emulate during the sessions.
Boreham Wood’s coaches, staff and players have stepped away from football to run Junior journalism sessions at Kenilworth Primary School.
This brand-new feature of our community programme aims to engage the children in fun sessions, outside of their usual weekly coaching, that still takes place.
The students have loved their introduction to the world of media. Each week they are taught by Boreham Wood’s community coach Errol Ozkumru, the club’s media and communications manager Craig Draycott and new media, communications and admin intern Thomas Whitcomb.
Each week they write a mini match report, interview a first team player and create a fun word search.
The interview and other completed work from the student is then published in the Junior Journalists page of the match day programme.