Blackpool FC Community Trust column: Giving a degree of satisfaction through education

Blackpool FC Sports College is more than just a classroom.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 4:45 pm

It offers two degree courses: a foundation degree in community football coaching and development, as well as a foundation degree in sports coaching and development with the opportunity to top up and gain a BSc Hons.

As part of the course, students are offered the opportunity to take on unique work placements across a wide range of sporting contexts.

Toby Gough, a second year degree student on the foundation degree community football coaching and development course, is currently gaining work experience on the ‘Unified’ football sessions.

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Toby Gough is continuing his education through the Community Trust
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They are part of the ‘Every Player Counts’ programme, funded by the EFL Trust for those living with disabilities.

Toby said: “Completing the degree course at Blackpool FC Sports College not only gives me a great qualification but the most valuable experiences.

“They offer a wide range of activities, fitness programmes and community sports teams that I can attend and build my coaching skills.

“Being able to work alongside the experienced and highly qualified staff, combined with the degree, provides a great CV for future coaching or sport-related careers.

“The ‘Unified’ session has allowed me to coach within a different cohort of participants and pushes me to differentiate my coaching techniques.

“I have been able to meet new people, so my confidence and ability to interact in social situations has massively improved.

“I love coaching the sessions as it creates an amazing community hub for people to get involved in sport and I play a key role in that.

“It is essential for my future path as I want to continue promoting fitness and sport activities through the enjoyment of football as well as bringing people together. This is something I am passionate about.”

Joe Preston also attends the Blackpool FC Sports College and is a first year on the foundation degree sports coaching and development course.

He is currently working with Blackpool FC Sports College as part of the BTEC football training programme.

That offers 16 to 18-year-olds the chance to train weekly and be part of the College and Education Football Alliance League (CEFA) affiliated with the EFL Trust.

Joe said: “This coaching placement is great for me as it gives me valuable experience with a different age group to what I have coached previously and has a specific focus on football.

“It has allowed me to adapt and challenge my coaching skills and techniques, which has really improved my confidence.”

Are you passionate about a career in sport or coaching?

If so, come and study for a degree, accredited by the University of South Wales, at Blackpool FC Sports College, part of the biggest sports organisation in Blackpool.

Anyone seeking further information on the courses can contact Sophie Breakell, the degree lead, by emailing [email protected] or calling the office on 01253 348691.

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