If you’re keen to learn and mad on all things sport where better to study the subject than at your favourite football club?
A new course being launched by Blackpool FC means budding sport students can be taught and trained by experts at Bloomfield Road while gaining a valuable qualification.
The club will be running a BTEC Sport course from September this year and is looking for the Fylde coast’s finest sport students to take on.
Ashley Hackett, head of community at Blackpool FC, said: “This is a great way to keep young people engaged in education and get them involved in a professional outfit.
“It’s something really unique, in Blackpool.”
The course sees students educated in sports theory, icnluding coaching and physiology, while also spending time training in a football team and improving their own fitness.
The scheme has been run b y 38 other clubs nationwide, with 85 per cent of students who complete the course then going on to university education.
Students complete education, to achieve a BTEC qualification, at the club while training in Futsal, a variant of association football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly played indoors, ready to represent Blackpool in the national Futsal league.
Coaches and community staff at the club are now encouraging young people to knuckle down ahead of their summer exams to ensure landing the required four GCSEs to be accepted on to the course.
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Football and theoretical training
Graduates of the two-year course at Blackpool FC will leave with a Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport, the equivalent of up to three A Levels and enough to land a university place.
The Futsal and Education programme involves students training in sports while gaining theoretical knowledge of them.
Ashley Hackett, head of community at Blackpool FC, said: “Our programme offers young people a first class education while also providing them with the chance to train and compete in a professional Futsal environment.”