Blackpool FC Sports College: "The students should be proud of themselves"

Blackpool FC Sports College have had a fantastic first half term.

From classroom sessions to football matches, coaching to training and even a Q&A with the Blackpool FC Head Coach, the half term has been full of opportunities.

The students are already progressing and expanding their knowledge. Last week during Blackpool FC Sport College’s weekly Friday football coaching sessions, students on our Sports Coaching pathway were invited down to shadow our qualified football coaches. From this they have been able to observe how the coaches lead a full session with the players and take away skills and qualities, that they can use within their own coaching.

One of the student coaches Matthew Patchett was asked how he has found the sessions so far, he said, “I have found it good, I have learnt a lot from seeing the coaches in action. It has been good to see how the coaches have changed the sessions to meet the ability levels of the players.”

The students took a more hands on approach to the training by assisting the qualified coaches in particular drills and exercises.  Each week their involvement will increase, giving them valuable experience to pursue their career in the sports industry as well as transferable skills.

Caroline Bailey, Further & Higher Education Manager said, “No doubt about it, it has been a different and sometimes difficult start to the academic year but students have been a pleasure to have in college. The transition from school to college can sometimes be a big jump and with the addition of lockdown, some students may have found this transition a lot harder.  However, the students should be proud of themselves as they have adapted to the new routines and processes put in place to protect us all during these times. This has allowed us to continue to deliver our education courses face to face in a safe environment. Our new way of teaching and learning has been a success, and this has been reflected in the very good attendance record.  I hope all students enjoy their half term break and we look forward to them returning on 2nd November.”

If you are looking to pursue a career in sport, what better place to study than the biggest sports organisation in Blackpool?  Blackpool FC Sports College is based at Blackpool FC stadium and have BTEC Sports courses for Level 1, 2 & 3 and also offer the opportunity to take part in the Sports Coaching Academy or the Football Academy.

It doesn’t just stop there.  In partnership with the University of South Wales, you can continue to build your skills, experience and education by studying for a Degree right here at Blackpool FC Sports College.

Blackpool FC Sports College have an open evening on Tuesday 8th December.  Due to COVID restrictions we are asking anyone who is interested to book a time slot with us between 5pm – 7pm.