County open their doors to prospective students...
Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) has been delivering education programmes at Meadow Lane for 12 years, extending dramatically over the past two years to offer an additional four courses for post-16s, as well as the long established Heading for Goal programme.
The 1862 Suite at Meadow Lane will host an Open Evening on Wednesday 27 March, from 6pm to 8pm, exhibiting the charity’s five courses that are available for 14 to 24-year-olds.
This includes the second year of the life-changing course for 17 to 24-year-olds, FC Africa, which starts its second intake this April.
In addition are post-16 courses Futsal (boys and girls) and Foundation Football Learning, all of which start in September.
Everyone under 24 who attends on the night will be entered into a prize draw to win a signed ball and ticket voucher to the County versus Yeovil Town game on Monday 1 April.
FITC’s longest running education provision Heading for Goal, which educates 14 to 16 year olds, will also start again in September with its new cohort of year 10 and 11 students who will leave County with Entry Level, Level One and Level Two qualifications.
FITC work in partnership with a range of organisations to develop and deliver courses, including Central College Nottingham, Unity Learning Centre, Nottingham City Council, The Football League Trust, Coaching for Hope, Dyson Perrins C of E Academy, TVS Education Ltd and VL UK.
An overview of each course is below:
Heading for Goal provides excluded 14 to 16 year old boys with an alternative education provision, mixing Entry Level through to Level 2 qualifications with a specially adapted teaching environment and daily sporting activity. FITC have a long track-record of excellent engagement, attendance rates and results for this group.
FC Africa provides NEET (not in education, employment or training) individuals, aged 17 to 24 with a unique opportunity. Learners spend nine months studying sports coaching and activity, before gaining City and Guilds Sport, Football and Fitness qualifications. Afterwards, they have the chance to coach children in Africa for three months.
FITC currently have six students in Burkina Faso, in West Africa working with Coaching for Hope. This gives learners the opportunity to experience life in one of the most poverty stricken countries on earth.
Futsal is a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma and Futsal scholarship, designed for 16 to 18 year old footballers who want to develop and learn new skills through the technical game of Futsal, whilst providing an A Level equivalent education in Sport (development, fitness and coaching). This provides an excellent platform for academy and weekend league footballers, enabling them to develop their education and skill set.
September 2013 will see the start of the girls’ Futsal course. Leading the way for female footballers to train at County, expand their skills and compete in a new game, whilst receiving a college education that is accepted by Universities.
Foundation Football Learning is for girls and boys aged 16 to 18 who achieved GCSEs below grade C or equivalent. They have the chance to play football in their local college league and become re-engaged with an education programme. They gain Levels 1 and 2 in Maths, English, Sports and Fitness qualifications. The course allows students to improve their employment prospects and go on to further their education.