Academy out to help young­sters net a job

Em­ploy­ment skills of­fered on coach­ing ses­sions

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Shirley Bar­tynek

Blan­tyre Soc­cer Academy has set it­self a new goal of help­ing lo­cal un­em­ployed young­sters into work by run­ning a Coal­fields Sport Works train­ing course which has an im­pres­sive track record of suc­cess.

The academy has joined forces with the Coal­fields Re­gen­er­a­tion to run the eight-week course which com­bines teach­ing young peo­ple aged 16-24, em­ploy­ment skills mixed in with coach­ing ses­sions in a wide range of sports.

The Coal­field Re­gen­er­a­tion Trust (CRT) has pro­vided a £5000 fund­ing pack­age for the Coal­fields Sport Works course and Blan­tyre Soc­cer Academy will re­cruit up to 15 job­less young peo­ple who share a love for sport with a com­mit­ment to find work.

Bob Young, Scot­tish trustee of the CRT, said: “We have helped run Coal­fields Sport Works cour­ses with a num­ber of foot­ball clubs in­clud­ing Al­loa Ath­letic, and Cow­den­beath.

“In many cases over 50 per cent of those tak­ing part find jobs, or fur­ther train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, of­ten be­fore their course is even fin­ished”.

Jimmy Whe­lan, chair­man of Blan­tyre Soc­cer Academy and a CRT Com­mu­nity Am­bas­sador said: “Our staff and vol­un­teers al­ready do a fan­tas­tic job ev­ery week, help­ing hun­dreds of young boys and girls en­joy the ben­e­fits of health, self-es­teem and friend­ship through par­tic­i­pat­ing in our foot­ball pro­grammes.

“Now we want to raise the bar, and use the love of sport to en­cour­age un­em­ployed young­sters to en­list in the Coal­fields Sport Works course to learn the key employability skills they need to land a job.”

The pro­gramme will run for three days a week for eight weeks to pro­vide em­ploy­ment train­ing and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in­clud­ing SQA qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Sup­ported learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in job match­ing, mock in­ter­views, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, team work­ing, prob­lem solv­ing and CV writ­ing will be of­fered as part of the course­work.

On com­ple­tion of the course par­tic­i­pants will be able to join Blan­tyre Soc­cer Academy’s youth vol­un­teer­ing pro­gramme where they will be taught coach­ing and ref­er­ee­ing skills, health and safety and child pro­tec­tion.

These skills will en­able them to be­come a vol­un­teer youth coach at the academy, with im­proved po­ten­tial for em­ploy­ment through vol­un­teer­ing.

Show­timethe young­sters en­joyed en­ter­tain­ing then head­ing for a wel­come break at Ed’s Diner Blan­tyre Drama Club Din­ing out af­ter their per­for­mance

Fund­ing Blan­tyre Academy’s Ni­cole Mar­tin and Lisa Mallin, Bob Young of the CRT, Jimmy Whee­lan, Blan­tyre chair­man, and Linda Rid­doch Blan­tyre, staff mem­ber

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