With guest speaker appearances from an Olympic Medallist Coach, US Sports Scholarship trials, community coaching opportunities, military fitness experiences and watching a Champions League game, scholars have embraced the enrichment opportunities across our additional knowledge, skills, and behaviour curriculum. Read below to see some of the enriched learning opportunities our scholars have experienced across our national programmes this term.
GUEST SPEAKER APPEARANCE – PAUL GREAVES
Our LU Graves Sheffield scholars were treated to a guest appearance from Paul Greaves who is a Olympic medallist coach, British gymnastics master coach and Senior Lecturer of Sport at Sheffield Hallam University
Paul provided our Sheffield Scholars with the knowledge and overview of his fascinating journey in Sports Coaching and the key skills required to achieve a successful career in the sport industry. As a Senior Lecturer of Sport, Paul also gave scholars considering university, an insight into the degrees on offer at Sheffield Hallam University along with some key tips and the process of preparing personal statements and being successful in gaining a conditional offer for Higher Education.
US SPORTS SCHOLARSHIPS – TRIAL & INFORMATION EVENT
As our pathway partner it was great to welcome back Liam and the team from U.S Sports Scholarships as they held their first trial and information event at Barnard’s Soccer Centre, Lowestoft.
The experience provided our Lowestoft & Norwich Scholars, along with other local talent aged 15-19 the opportunity to showcase their skills and find out all about the amazing opportunity of studying and playing in America. As a partner, US Sports Scholarships will be hosting similar events across our national programme locations throughout the academic year.
COMMUNITY COACHING DELIVERY
Scholars across our national programmes have been building confidence, leadership, and coaching skills through a range of community coaching opportunities at the football hubs our programmes are based.
Lowestoft and Norwich scholars have had the opportunity to lead on the fantastic Brian Gallagher Community Sessions, officiate and coach with the Lowestoft Town Academy and support in the delivery of North Suffolk Schools football festivals to over twenty schools.
Meanwhile our Sheffield Scholars have had opportunities to support LU Graves Football Hub with various community programmes, tournaments and events as well as coaching opportunities with local club Abbey Lane U10’s.
Supporting getting girls into football, our Norwich Scholar Alexandra has been part of the FDC Norwich Wildcats programme, coaching girls in a fun environment and receiving some fantastic feedback.
The FDC Norwich scholars were put through their paces recently with an alternative fitness session with Military & Bootcamp Fitness.
Taking on the challenge the scholars pushed themselves out of their comfort zones while experiencing a different form of fitness, supporting each other to push themselves through the military style session.
It was great to see the lads really take on the challenge of the military style boot camp session. It not only gave them the opportunity to take themselves out of their comfort zones but also learn alternative ways of fitness and activity which will support them in future units of their diploma qualification. The scholars motivated and supported each other and was a great opportunity to develop team spirit event further on and off the pitch.DANNY CROW – FOOTBALL INDUSTRY COLLEGE HEAD COACH – NORWICH & LOWESTOFT
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE EXPERIENCE
As a enrichment experience to take in a Professional Game, the Sheffield Scholars had the opportunity to travel to the Etihad Stadium to watch Manchester City take on RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
Attending the match with coach Jake, the scholars experienced a professional game studying the pre-match warm before enjoying a fantastic game that finished 6-3 to City, featuring a world class goal from Jack Grealish! The scholars then used the experience to reflect on the tactics used as part of their next day analysis back at the Football Industry College. Meanwhile our Lowestoft and Norwich Scholars also had the opportunity to attend a professional game with free tickets to EFL Papa John’s Trophy fixture at Ipswich Town F.C.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
As part of their knowledge and behaviour curriculum, scholars have been learning about Black History Month which gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
Scholars participated in workshops focusing on Sporting Achievements of ground-breaking athletes across a range of sports including the ‘Olympic Project for Human Rights’, the impact on raising awareness and attempts to end racial discrimination and segregation in past decades. Scholars also looked at the National Football Museum’s ’11 Trailblazing Black Footballers’ creating further discussions towards their achievements and contributions on the pitch and off the pitch.
“At Football Industry College we consistently celebrate and promote equality and diversity. Using Black History Month, we were able to challenge our learners’ understanding and perception of the role of black people within sport and society. This was part of our behaviour curriculum which, alongside our knowledge and skills curriculums, helps prepare our learners for their futures.”RICH CLARKE – FOOTBALL INDUSTRY COLLEGE – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION