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Colwyn Bay FC to offer a unique new scheme

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Colwyn Bay FC is offering a groundbreaking new scheme for youngsters.

The club now offers a BTEC in Football Studies.

The course will include a wide range of skills, including branding, marketing and media. The youngsters will be able work towards coaching badges.

After a successful trial, the course will now be available in the New Year.

Project manager at the club, Christian Fontana said: “It’s still quite unbelievable. We had this vision of setting it all up. To see it all coming together and unfolding is exciting. It’s very rewarding.

“It offers a lot of people a lot of opportunities. We’re helping with CVs and job contacts and they’re making new friends.

“People come in with their heads down and build up confidence. There’s something for everyone,” said Christian.

Clwyd West AM Darren Millar visited the home ground recently with Deputy Minister for Science, Innovation and Skills, Lesley Griffiths.

“It’s been great to visit the football club and find out more about this groundbreaking initiative,” said Mr Millar.

“Football can be used to bring about positive changes within the lives of individuals and communities.

“This qualification will enable young people to develop skills they will find useful in all walks of life, not just on the football pitch.”

The scheme is offered in partnership with social enterprise, Vi-Ability and Colwyn Bay FC.

Town and county councillor, and ardent Colwyn Bay FC fan, Chris Hughes welcomed the scheme.

“I’m a keen supporter of the club. I think it’s an excellent and fantastic scheme and we should be fully supportive of it.

“We should be congratulating the football club with the work it’s done to develop itself in the community.

“There’s an awful lot it’s done to engage younger people in the area, in getting them involved in structured action and developing transferable skills for the future.”

Source: North Wales weekly news

Written by C Kenzie

October 6, 2010 at 9:20 am

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