Following our in-depth look into three components of our Football and Education Programmes, this week we look at the opportunities that arise for students on our courses.
We are incredibly proud to offer an excellent education for our students as well as fantastic training and competitive regular fixtures but we also offer our students a range of opportunities to help both career progression and also to enrich their time with us to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Our students will receive regular opportunities to travel on tours as part of the programme. Before COVID struck our players were booked in to travel to Eindhoven to take part in an international tournament. Here the players would have had the opportunity to put their skills to the test against players from across the world, whilst visiting PSV Eindhoven’s famous Philips Stadion. In the past, our squads have travelled to take part in residential training camps at the club's purpose-built training complex The Nest and in 2019 our Bishop Laney squad travelled to Manchester where they were crowned Manchester Champions in an international tournament beating teams from England, South Africa and Morocco on their way to the trophy.
Away from tours, we try to provide a range of opportunities for our players to travel to Carrow Road and take part in events put on by the football club. All players will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops and guest speakers from people involved in the world of sport and issues in modern-day society such as mental health, first aid and emergency services. To aid our student's progression we also provide them with the chance to take part in presentations from universities in England and the USA to offer a range of different experiences and help each individual progress into their chosen career pathway.
Finally, at the RDP we are very proud of the number of players who have come through our Football and Education Programmes to become coaches within the Norwich City FC RDP. As a programme, we look to support our players to provide coaching opportunities for them to shadow our full-time staff and eventually gain employment with us.
Our Junior Coaches Club initiative was set-up in 2019, the programme aims to further support our young players in coaching. Here students are required to make an application to be involved in the programme. Successful applicants will gain 30 hours of coaching experience by shadowing and assisting our staff whilst being mentored by full-time NCFC RDP staff. Following this, the club will pay for the player to take their level 1 coaching qualification and in turn gain employment with the club. This initiative not only provides the opportunity for the players to gain experience but also support and feedback to help them develop their skills further.
Football and Education Manager Pip Davis had this to say ‘We aim for the students at our colleges to leave us in the best position on and off the pitch for their future, I feel the education and football our students receive is a fantastic offer and when you add in these extra opportunities it really helps the players work towards a pathway of their choice whilst making some fantastic memories in the process.
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