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10 October 2012

Gills partner North West Kent College to produce next generation of coaches

North West Kent College’s partnership with Gillingham Football Club has presented new opportunities for young people to progress into football related careers. The College are offering a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Activity Leadership (Football), which will be taught at Gillingham FC from 5th November 2012.

This is an opportunity for young aspiring football coaches to develop their skills and learn from UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ licenced coaches. With the course operating from Gillingham FC, MEMS Priestfield Stadium and the club’s training ground, it will give students the chance to train in a real football environment.

The course is offered as one of the Autumn Fast Track programmes that begin on 5th November. The College is providing these courses to help young people who feel they may have made the wrong choice about their education and will give them the opportunity to change their mind and come to college.

Chris Lydon, Academic Director of Sport and Leisure at North West Kent College says “this partnership is to identify talented young players and developing them to become the coaches of the future.”

The NVQ in Activity Leadership covers seven units, all of which are taught in a practical context and involve leading activity sessions, supporting the work of the team, promoting health, safety and wellbeing in active leisure and contribution to working with other organisations.

The course requires students to have two GCSE's grades D or above, PE is desirable or a level 1 Diploma in Sport & Active Leisure. Successful applicants must also demonstrate a willingness to become involved in all aspects of sport as well as the theory.

The student places for these courses will be sought after, so get in touch while they remain available. Call North West Kent College on 0800 074 1447.

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