Under 18's Academy deliver football sessions to Blackpool FC Sports College students

In an uplifting display of collaboration and commitment, Blackpool FC Sports College students recently supported the Under 18’s academy players with their UEFA C coaching badge whilst continuing their own personal growth and development.

Over four weeks, students immersed themselves in a football training programme designed to enhance both technical and tactical skills. Led by coaches pursuing their UEFA C coaching badge, the sessions were designed to provide a holistic approach to football development. Each week our students fully engaged, giving 100% effort, and showed respect to all the coaches who were learning and being assessed as part of the programme. Despite bad weather some weeks, the students remained undeterred, showcasing their passion for the sport.

In the final week, all BTEC Sports students were invited to a tournament at Stanley Park to showcase the progress made and enjoy some competitive play with one team coming out on top.

Throughout the weeks, students exhibited a remarkable blend of enthusiasm and work ethic, earning praise and admiration from all involved.

Will Cowell, Head of Education and Player Care Manager at Blackpool FC Academy said,

“Our Apprentices engaging with local community players from Blackpool FC Sports College is a beneficial partnership, it exposes our apprentices to real-life situations when delivering, allowing them to hone their coaching skills, whilst making meaningful interactions with the local community.

I think it’s a great opportunity for everyone involved to enrich their learning journey and something we would look to replicate again next year. A huge thank you to the staff and students at Blackpool FC Sports College for making it happen.”

Neil Eardley, Under 18’s Coach said,

“Thank you to Blackpool FC Sports College staff and students who came down to help the first years out with their coaching. We appreciate all the help and effort.”

Caroline Hawes, Blackpool FC Sports College Manager, said,

“The students should be proud of themselves. They were a credit to themselves and the college. This partnership allowed our students to build a rapport with the Academy lads and meet the Academy staff at the same time. It was a success and something we can build on moving forward.”