Gravity expands its partnership with Bridgwater United FC

This is Gravity is proud to support Bridgwater United Football Club (BUFC) with the Gravity brand now displayed pitch side at Fairfax Park.

The Gravity – BUFC partnership is focused primarily on creating community social value through the delivery of the Gravity Sphero STEM initiative which launched in October 2022. The Sphero initiative prioritises the engagement of young people to raise aspirations through the development of robotics and coding skills through the medium of football – in a way that is accessible to all.  

Gravity is working closely with BUFC on the implementation of local leisure facilities that would replace elements of the 37 Sports & Social Club and integrate new facilities into the community.

This academic year BUFC has partnered with East and West Huntspill schools to introduce the Sphero After School Clubs. In the recent term, our collaboration with East Huntspill saw the successful roll-out of weekly Sphero sessions, engaging approximately 12 students per session over a six-week period.

Past collaborations include sessions with Woolavington, and the integration of Sphero activities into local Sports Camps, monthly student outreach has consistently reached between 100 and 150 students.

This is Gravity’s Director – Planning & Economic Development, Claire Pearce, commented: “Forging closer local partnerships at a grassroots level are key to delivering the genuine social value that we set out to achieve through our environmental and social governance policy. We are proud of the reach that Bridgwater United Sports & Community Trust has achieved in the year since the STEM Sphero initiative launched. Going forward we expect our connection to Bridgwater United FC to grow and we look forward continuing to work with them”.

Bridgwater United FC Head of Community, Dan Rogers, commented: “The support Gravity have given us on our Sphero project has allowed Bridgwater United to expand and enhance its delivery and become the first English non-league football club to deliver the Sphero programme within its locality.

We have seen rapid uptake in STEM interest amongst the children that are working with, so much so that the young people are showing the coaches’ new ways to use block coding!

We are excited to continue our relationship with the Gravity team and cannot wait to get the ‘ball rolling’ on our plans.”

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