Blackpool Football Club Community Trust are reaching the end of the first year delivering their Futsal Education Scholarship program, 17 learners aged 16 – 18 years have successfully completed a number of sports related units including anatomy and physiology, sports nutrition and training and fitness. The learners are working towards completing a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in sport. There are 52 teams across the premier and football league currently delivering the same course, out of all of these clubs Blackpool Football Club are currently top of the league, ranked number one in the country for their educational results.
All students are set high aspirational target grades which are designed to challenge the learners to achieve their maximum potential, at present all students are passing the course with 88% of the learners achieving MMM (Merit, Merit, Merit) or above. Much of the students’ success has been attributed to hard work, but it is also down to the teaching and learning environment that has been created by the Community Trust. The Futsal education scholarship program is delivered in the Seasiders Bar at Bloomfield Road, which allows the students to feel fully integrated in the club environment while receiving a high level of teaching. The teaching delivered on the program has been subject to three inspections this year and has been awarded a grade 1 – outstanding every time.
Blackpool FC Community Trust Education Officer, David Hayhurst, is the tutor at Blackpool having joined the club from the University of Central Lancashire where he lectured on a number of sports degrees. Previous to this David taught BTEC Level 3 and Level 2 Sport at various colleges. David has an expert knowledge of the university application process which will be a great help to students wanting to progress on to higher education, as well as experience working within the sports industry as a coach and sports development officer.
The course is now currently recruiting learners aged 16 – 18 years for the next academic year starting September 2014. So far Blackpool Football Club Futsal Educations Scholarship program has seen the level of applicants double compared to 2013. If you are interested in studying at Blackpool Football Club there is an open evening taking place at Bloomfield road on Wednesday 7th May, 6pm, call 01253 348691 to register your interest.