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COMMUNITY: BTEC Academy teams making fantastic progress this season

5 January 2017

Both Warwickshire College and Henley College make promising starts to the season...

Sky Blues in the Community’s two BTEC academy teams have had a fantastic start to the season, with our Warwickshire College team sitting top of the table after an unbeaten start to the season. 

The Moreton Morrell based team have impressed in their inaugural season in the National Football Youth League, beating last year’s winners Liverpool as well as defeating Burnley and Sunderland after long trips north.

Our Henley College team have also had a great start to the season, currently sitting 4th after impressive performances against Crystal Palace, Birmingham and Shrewsbury Town. Both teams have given themselves a fantastic chance to finish in the top 3 as the season enters its second half.

The BTEC academy teams run in a partnership between SBitC and the college which sees academy students study full-time for two years to gain a BTEC qualification 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.

On the footballing side, players will benefit from a weekly coaching and fixtures programme overseen by UEFA A/B qualified coaches and will play in the National Football Youth 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.

The course represents a fantastic opportunity for 16-19 year olds within the Coventry and Warwickshire area to experience a professional football environment whilst gaining BTEC qualifications and a pathway into higher education or a job within the sporting profession.

College trials take place at various times during the school year. Please keep an eye on the SKY Blues in the Community twitter page and website, plus the College websites for future dates. 

For further information or if you have any questions, please contact the Sky Blues in the Community Education Manager, James Woodhouse, at james.woodhouse@ccfc.co.uk or on 024 7678 6349.

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