Cardiff City FC coaches to teach local BTEC students at @Futsal
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Students enrolling on the new Futsal Scholarship Programme will be trained by Cardiff FC coaches, thanks to an exciting partnership deal just signed between @Futsal Ltd and Cardiff City Football Club.
The latest development will see scholars learning from the elite, receiving up to ten hours of weekly training from the Championship level coaches and watching Cardiff City FC stars in training and in first team matches. All learning will take place under the direction of Callum MacKenzie CCFC, with training supplemented by regular fixtures in the @Futsal National Youth League and other national Futsal leagues. Youths completing the two year courses will gain BTEC qualifications from the pioneering virtual sixth form environment at @Futsal’s Llanishen arena.
Craig Beecham, Director of Education at @Futsal Ltd, said: “Futsal is the fastest growing sport in the world and we want to be part of that. We’re extremely excited by this partnership, and it’s fantastic news for the scholars as they’ll be learning from some of the best. The Cardiff City FC coaches will help us produce elite players who may one day represent our country. We’re hoping lots of people will come to our presentation to find out more – just turn up on the day.”
Cardiff City staff will scout players on the Futsal Scholarship Programme, with the best being given the opportunity to train with Cardiff City FC scholars. In addition, youths taking part in the course will wear Cardiff City FC kit and the club will provide rewards for scholars such as tickets and stadium tours. The Futsal Scholarship Programme will be covered in Cardiff City FC’s match day programmes, and Cardiff City FC stars will be present at some Futsal training sessions and matches. The courses – kicking off in September - are a step in the right direction to bring the UK up to speed with the sport, which is the only officially recognised form of indoor football by worldwide governing body FIFA. It is also supported by UEFA and the FA, and has been made a cornerstone of development plans for the football associations in the UK.
Steve Ellis, Head of Education and Welfare at Cardiff City FC, said: “We are delighted to be involved with such a forward thinking project, the Futsal Scholarship Programme gives young players the unique opportunity to develop their technical, tactical, physiological and social skills in a sporting environment whilst gaining a BETC qualification. It is a valuable addition to our educational pathway which has been developed at Cardiff City FC, from KS2 through to Higher Education and the Football Foundation Degree in Coaching and Performance at the University of Glamorgan, Futsal is a great game where you need to think quickly and play quickly and we know it will play a major role in their development as players and people.”
The launch of the Futsal Scholarship follows the successful implementation of a joint learning programme currently in place between @Futsal and Cardiff City FC at Key Stage 4. Gill Barrett, Associate Principle of Swindon Academy, has been the driving force behind both programmes. She said: “This innovative partnership is inspiring our students, driving aspirations and inspiring their minds.” Swindon Academy Programme Director Simon Abercrombie added: “Swindon Academy, as part of the United Learning Trust, is excited to be part of a project that enables education and the professional sports industry to achieve such positive and far reaching outcomes.”
The full-time courses underpin playing performance with opportunities to focus on vocational or academic pathways, arming students with the skills to get into university or employment in the sports and leisure industry. They will also be equipped with the tools necessary to play an active role in their local communities by providing industry-recognised coaching and refereeing awards.
With all home nations currently languishing near the bottom of FIFA’s official rankings, one of the programmes core aims is to develop the next generation of international players so that the home nations can rub shoulders with the world’s elite.
Cardiff City FC staff will be running an open day on Sunday 11th of April at the Cardiff City stadium for all interested players (boys & girls). For further information and to receive a flyer for the open day please visit firstname.lastname@example.org