Staff at the Club asked the NatWest team to deliver some of the Bank's MoneySense for Schools programme – the largest financial education programme in the UK – to their 16 and 17 year olds. Usually delivered by NatWest staff with the support of teachers in the classroom, today's event was aimed at ensuring that those focusing on their football careers don't miss out on the key learnings.
The activities focused on helping the youngsters learn about the practicalities of budgeting and managing their money, as well as being financially independent and planning their financial futures.
Commenting on the event Suzanne Head, NatWest's MoneySense Coach for Wiltshire, who along with local NatWest customer service officer, Stuart Edmonds, delivered the lesson, said: "The importance of financial capability for young people cannot be underestimated and hopefully today's event will help ensure that the apprentices' financial skills match up to their football ones. Over 60% of secondary schools across the UK are involved with our programme, and today has provided us with a great opportunity to ensure that the youngsters on Swindon Town's apprentice programme do not miss out."
Paul Bodin, Youth Coach at Swindon Town Football Club, said: "We are always looking at ways to ensure that our youngsters are prepared for all aspects of a successful football career and life in general. Money management skills are a key part of this and we can't thank Suzanne, Paul and NatWest enough for making the MoneySense programme available to us and for coming along to bring it to life."
MoneySense for Schools has been developed with teachers to help schools and colleges teach personal money management and enterprise skills within the curriculum. It consists of a series of modules each of which can stand alone or be used in conjunction with others. It aims to engage young people in a variety of role playing scenarios and other interactive learning exercises to give them experience of making financial decisions.
Any schools or colleges wanting to find out more about the MoneySense programme, how to get the free materials or how to get the support of a NatWest member of staff, should contact Suzanne Head, NatWest's MoneySense Coach for the Wiltshire area on 07795 238219, or visit the MoneySense website at www.natwest.com/moneysense.