Hull FC have today taken a vital step towards raising attainment in the city and helping local people into employment following the launch of the brand new FC Learning Centre.
The ground-breaking sports education project will see the Black and Whites work with the Hull FC Community Foundation and Hull Training to deliver a brand new programme of combined courses for young people living in the city starting from January 2013.
Unveiled today by Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson – a member of the new trustee board for the Hull FC Community Foundation – the courses will be aimed at young people aged 14 to 25 and will combine gaining sport and coaching qualifications with functional skills, employment and enterprise. With a key focus on increasing the employability of participants, the FC Learning Centre will also offer volunteering opportunities and work placements with local employers to help young people along the pathway to employment or further education.
Speaking about the concept, which was launched to the media at the KC Stadium this morning with the 2013 Rugby League World Cup trophy, Australian legend Darren Lockyer and FC star Kirk Yeaman, Hull FC owner Adam Pearson said: “The power of sport is something that should never be underestimated in terms of its ability to engage with young people and help them to achieve their potential.
“The Hull FC Community Foundation and Hull Training should be commended for coming together to launch this exciting new project and everybody at the club is fully behind them.”
Meanwhile, Gary Parkinson from Hull City Council also added: “We are, through Hull Training, delighted to be working in partnership with Hull FC on the FC Learning Centre.
“It’s innovative, attractive and we are sure it will support young people reach and achieve their aspirations.”
Meanwhile, at a launch that also brought the announcement of a new trustee board for the Hull FC Community Foundation – which will include club legend Johnny Whiteley, local businessman Ian Parsons and the director of the Humber Sports Partnership, Gary Hood – the Black and Whites also announced further details of the first course at the centre. Due to get underway in January, it will take the form of a foundation learning programme for 16 to 18-year-olds not in employment, education or training and will be delivered at the KC Stadium and the club’s training and youth facilities across the city. The course will also provide the opportunity to gain qualifications in sport, gain an award in the principles of coaching and give participants support in developing their personal skills, with financial support available to help participants with the cost of travel to the course. Those interested in taking part can enrol now but places are limited.
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The FC Learning Centre – Key Info
What is it: A combined sport and education programme for young people living in Hull delivered in partnership with Hull Training.
Objective: To work with multi partners to form a centre that offers both sports and education courses combined with functional skills and employability awards for young people aged 14 to 25.
Where: Community programmes will be delivered by the Hull FC Community Foundation at the KC Stadium and the club’s training facilities for young people aged 16 to 25, and in partnership with local schools for pupils aged 14 to 16.
Timescales: From January 2013 with enrollment starting now.
What to Expect: Participants on the programme will:
• Learn new skills and gain new qualifications.
• Access support to help in career and education progression.
• Work and learn with Hull FC. Programme Detail: The FC Learning Centre will use the power of sport to support young people to gain new qualifications, while also helping them to become ready for work through personal and social development combined with volunteering and work placements with local employers. Participants enrolling on the programme will undertake the following accredited qualifications at a level suitable to them:
• Certificate in Sport
• Award in Principles of Coaching Sport
• Level 1 in coaching Rugby
• Functional Skills (ICT, Maths, English)
• Level 1 Effectiveness Skills, Qualities and Attitudes for Learning and Work, Career Planning and Making Applications, Developing Personal Development Skills and Group and Teamwork Skills. Other Key Parts:
• As part of programme, participants will be able to become casual support coaches to the Hull FC Community Foundation team.
• Undertake various work placements across Hull FC departments.
• Volunteer in your local community.
• Work with local business mentors who will support business and entrepreneurial skills.
• Work closely with Hull College and Hull Training to support your development skills.
• Opportunity to access apprenticeship opportunities.