A SCHOOL has become the first in Wales to adopt an innovative sports coaching programme.
Flint High School will give sixth form students who wish to pursue a career in the sporting industry the chance to gain a range of coaching qualifications.
Run alongside coaching company Little League Sports (LLS), students will be given theory-based and practical lessons with weekly work placements at venues including primary schools and football development centres.
They will be trained by tutors from a range of backgrounds, including coaches with football Premier League experience, and coaches with UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ fooball licenses.
Flint High School’s headteacher Pamela McClean said: “We are very pleased to be offering this provision at Flint High as we recognise that sports coaching is a highly popular subject for so many students.
“This is an excellent opportunity for young people looking to pursue a career in this sector.
“We are certain that new students who have enrolled from other high schools will be made very welcome.”
Graduates from the programme, which provides the equivalent of three A-levels and the opportunity to study towards a fourth, will have the opportunity to work in the USA and Canada through coaching employer Challenger Sports.
Director of LLS Joe Mulhearn, who co-founded the business in 2008 with Jordan Wright while at university, said: “Although we have established links with primary schools across the area for our Skills and Drills programmes, we were keen to work with a secondary school that would be open to the idea of hosting our coach education programme for sixth form students.
“When we initially met with Flint High their response to the programme was very positive and we are delighted to be working with such a forward thinking school.
“Our aim in the coming years is to create more jobs and pathways for youngsters in North Wales with a passion for sport.”
Students will get the chance to gain qualifications including the FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football, FA Level 2 Leadership Through Football and a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in development, coaching and fitness.
The programme can accomodate twenty students, with just three spaces left on this year’s programme, which starts in September.
The students who have already signed up for September had the opportunity to meet each other and members of the LLS team at a launch event held at Flint High last week.
Student Catherine Archer said: “Being able to study sports coaching through such an excellent programme as this at my own school is like a dream come true for me, I can hardly believe it! It’s an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to start in September.”
Anyone interested in finding out about joining the programme at Flint High School this September can contact Olivia Tattum, head of sixth form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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