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Soccer heroes inspire young

Students from St Mary's College and Blackpool Sixth Form visit Blackpool FC training ground.

Students from St Mary's College and Blackpool Sixth Form visit Blackpool FC training ground.

YOUNG people have been meeting their sporting idols as part of a new project aimed at getting them into work or further education.

Students from St Mary’s Catholic Sixth Form, Blackpool and The Fylde College and Blackpool Sixth Form met up with Blackpool FC players during training as the club’s community trust launched the National Citizenship Service.

The service is delivered by the Football League Trust and supported by the Government.

It offers people aged 16 and 17 the chance to volunteer for the community and boost their CVs by learning new skills and taking on challenges to interest employers and universities.

Following the programme, which includes residential trips to Lockerbie, Scotland, and Hothersall Lodge, Londridge, the young people will receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister, David Cameron. PE teacher Dan Reidy is championing the scheme at St Mary’s.

He told The Gazette: “We are encouraging our kids to get involved with this scheme to get as varied a CV as possible.

“Hopefully this will set them apart from anybody else for applying for the same

university or work positions.”

Derek Spence, who will be heading the project for Blackpool FC, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop themselves, regardless of their ability in the classroom or on the sport field.

“This opportunity will only come around for the young people once in a lifetime.”

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