Fleetwood Town Community Trust have announced the launch of their brand new Community Sports College.
The College will be based at Fleetwood Town’s elite training complex, Poolfoot Farm in Thornton, and will deliver a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport.
Over the past four years over 60 students have been on the course and the new Community Sports College hopes to build on the success of previous years, whilst providing a pathway of education delivered by the Community Trust.
The BTEC programme has grown year-on-year with the past year being the most successful yet, the students were crowned National Champions in Futsal and won the North West 11-a-side league.
The classroom results have added to the success – 100% of students completed and passed the course, and 85% achieved on or way above their initial target grade, and 71% progressed onto universities such as Loughborough, Manchester, Edge Hill and Lancaster.
Matt Hilton, the Community Trust Chief Executive spoke about the launch and how it can help develop people, and also help students with their further education in sport.
He said: “Colleges have traditionally placed academic learning at the core of the curriculum, supported by employability for the world of work.
“By comparison, Fleetwood Town Community Sports College will ensure academic learning is intrinsically linked to our distinctive experience, which places character development and employability at the core of what we do.
“We believe in delivering education that is so much more than a qualification.”
Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton added: “The work the Community Trust does is unbelievable and after hearing about the Community Sports College launch, I fully endorse their new programme.
“It was great to meet a couple of students and find out about the work that they’re getting up to, and I look forward to checking back in with the students later in the year.”