Young people wanting to launch careers in sport are to benefit from a new partnership between Reading College and The Community Trust at Reading Football Club.
The organisations have joined forces to offer two educational programmes; a Sports and Enterprise Level 2 Diploma for school leavers and a programme targeted at those Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).
The new partnership was officially launched ahead of Reading FC’s match against Ipswich Town, at the Madejski Stadium, on Friday (9 September).
Dave Evans, Community Trust Manager, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Reading College, which has a strong track record in delivering practical, vocational training and equipping people with the skills required for successful employment.
“The Reading Community Trust aims to engage disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in our community in activities and projects that have a focus on health, education and sports participation. This partnership will support this as we reach out to more young people and engage them in the work of Reading Football Club at a grassroots level.”
Students on both programmes will benefit from using the gym and classroom space at Reading College, as well as the football club facilities at Reading FC. Teaching, coaching and mentoring will be provided by a mixture of Reading College and Reading FC personnel.
Helen Brind, Commercial Support Manager at Activate Learning, the organisation which runs Reading College, said: “We are committed to providing learners with a direct line of sight to employment. Working in partnership with organisations in key industry sectors offers learners highly motivating learning experiences and access to expertise and facilities that they just couldn’t get elsewhere.
“By working with the Community Trust at Reading Football Club we will be preparing young people from a range of backgrounds to enter the sport and leisure industry and develop skills that could lead to a traineeship, apprenticeship or university study.”