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NEWS: Sky Blues in the Community launch new football academy in partnership with Warwickshire College Group

9 May 2016

Second trial dates for SBitC Football and Education programme tomorrow at 5pm...

Sky Blues in the Community and Warwickshire College Group will be holding their second trial day for their brand new BTEC Football and Education programme on Tuesday 10th May, 5pm-8pm. 

The partnership between Sky Blues in the Community and Warwickshire College Group will see academy students study full-time for two years to gain a BTEC qualification (Levels 2 or 3) in Sport and Active Recreation, whilst getting additional coaching and exposure to the world of professional football.

As part of the education programme, students will be given the opportunity to gain valuable sports industry experience with Sky Blues in the Community coaching at schools, holiday courses and other community-based activities across Coventry and Warwickshire. Students will also be given the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised Sports Coach UK Sports Leaders Award and an FA Level One coaching badge as part of the Academy.

On the footballing side, players will benefit from a weekly coaching and fixtures programme and will represent Coventry City in the Midlands/North division of the Under-19 National Youth Development League. The league – which is affiliated to British Universities and Colleges Sport – is only open to professional football club college programmes, with 24 clubs including Birmingham City, Bournemouth, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Burnley and Blackpool playing across the four divisions.

Away fixtures regularly take place at the professional club academy or first team training facilities, with home games being played at the Moreton Morrell College, which is benefiting from a significant investment and refurbishment programme of the sports facilities over the coming months.

Anyone interested in the new academy is encouraged to attend upcoming trials being held at Leamington Football Club on Tuesday 10th May, between 5pm and 8pm. To register visit: www.warwickshire.ac.uk/skyblues

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