Roary’s Class Acts

Roary’s Class Acts programme was originally formed by a consortium including Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, The Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough Schools’ Teaching Alliance, Middlesbrough Catholic Schools’ Partnership and Emmerson Marketing in a bid to tackle issues regarding primary school attendance figures across Teesside.

The programme was aimed at originally been trialed at local catholic schools in the Middlesbrough area, which proved to be an all-round success which has now developed to include the majority of primary schools in Middlesbrough.

The materials we have developed, including stickers, posters, door hangers and more, encourage and recognise excellence and improving attendance among primary school children through building a culture of healthy competition between schools, classes and children. Achievement is linked to a range of incentives and prizes for children which include visits from our Mascot, Roary the Lion, and stadium visits for example.

The importance of high levels of attendance are evident in many aspects of education. Government research and statistics indicate that having good attendance leads to higher academic achievement, greater enjoyment and children feeling more settled in school. It is the purpose of this project to support every child in achieving their highest possible attendance levels and developing the mantra that ‘Every School Day Matters’.

John O’Boyle (Head of the Catholic Teaching Alliance) said “The project has been a fantastic success in our schools. We have seen a marked improvement in attendance among those who are typically difficult to engage.

Roary’s Class Acts is now running for a second year and is already in 36 of the 42 primary schools in Middlesbrough and has now received funding to access and supply 16 schools within Redcar and Stockton. This is great for Middlesbrough and its surrounding areas as it will see an all-round increase in attendance in the coming years.

There are incentives in place for the most improved and highest achieving schools, these include; Visits from Middlesbrough football clubs mascot (Roary the lion), P.E sessions ran by an MFCF coach, stadium tours and end of year celebration events. There has already been a number of assemblies at schools with visits from Roary.

Alex.Dore@mfcfoundation.co.uk or give us a call on 01642 282128 / 07852283821


Walk from Rockliffe to the Riverside

A local photographer from Teesside is hoping to raise money for MFC Foundation by walking from Rockliffe Hall to the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday 26th August 2020.

Tom Banks owner of Banks Photo recently worked for MFC Foundation and was so amazed by the inspiring work the Foundation deliver across Teesside he decided he wanted to help support them.

Tom plans to walk the 25 mile route from Rockliffe Hall to the Riverside Stadium and raise much needed funds for MFC Foundation.

Tom who is a keen walker said: “I was asked by MFC Foundation prior to lockdown to take some photos of several projects that they were delivering within the local communities. I was totally amazed to see the joy in the faces of the participants and it made me think that I wanted to do something to help.” He continued “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on all charities so I decided I would try to do my bit and fundraise for MFC Foundation. As a keen walker I decided that I would walk from Rockliffe Hall to the Riverside Stadium to help the Foundation continue their inspiring work across Teesside.”

Andrew Buckley – Business Development Manager for MFC Foundation said: “Tom worked for us earlier in the year and was overwhelmed by some of our projects we are continuing to deliver throughout this pandemic.” He continued “As a LOCAL charity we are always grateful for any donations and help with our fundraising work so we are very happy to support Tom with his up and coming sponsored walk.”

If you would like to support Tom and join him on his 25 mile walk you can email him at thomas.banks@sky.com

If you would like to sponsor Tom on his walk you can do that by clicking here