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Develop as a player and a student

24 June 2013

SBitC team up with Henley College to offer open day for football development with education

Sky Blues in the Community and Henley College are holding an open day for any school-leavers and parents interested in finding out more about their football development and education partnership which kicks off in September this year for 16-17 year olds.

The Football Development and Education Centre provides full-time educational courses from BTEC Levels 1 to 3 in Sport and Active Leisure.

At the same time students will benefit from up to 10 hours of football coaching and matches each week with Sky Blues coaches.


The Sky Blues and Henley College Development and Education Centre will be representing Coventry City FC in the PL/ FL Colleges League – which last season included other professional club college programmes including Birmingham City, Cheltenham Town, Oxford United, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford.

The open day – taking place on Thursday 4th July – will provide detailed information for parents and potential students  about the educational elements of the various BTEC Sports and Active Leisure courses available through the programme.

Tutors from Henley College will outline the content of the courses, the college student support programme and offer information on the potential career and further educational pathways from the course.

Sky Blues in the Community will also be on hand to provide information on the Premier League/ Football League College set-up, and other volunteering and personal development opportunities that would be available for students on the course.

Coaches from both Sky Blues in the Community and Henley College will also put the players through their paces during an open trial and coaching session.

Joint Head of Sky Blues in the Community David Busst said: “We are really excited about the Football Development  and Education partnership with Henley College. We have been to meetings about the league structure for next season and it is all starting to take shape. 

“This initiative is a vital piece to our player development jigsaw – as of September we will be catering in advanced training for players from the age of 6-19. We also know full well that Henley College will be providing an excellent educational experience as part of the scheme, and there are also clear opportunities in place in terms of moving on to University or strengthening students CVs for a career in sports and leisure.”

Any parents and potential students interested in finding out more about the football or education element of the scheme are invited to attend the open day, which takes place at Henley College between 10am and 3pm on Thursday 4th July.

It is preferable that players and/or parents wishing to attend register their interest in advance by contacting either Sky Blues in the Community on 024 7678 6349, or Maureen Birks at Henley College on 024 7662 6330.

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