Local partnership creates a striking new approach to learning.
Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Sport have established an innovative Partnership Agreement which sees both organisations working in partnership to deliver a co-designed industry relevant curriculum for aspiring football coaches.
The programme, HND Football Coaching and Development, targets potential students who have a specific interest in Football coaching and development. It provides them with supervised experience of work very early in their programme where they spend 1.5 days per week working alongside staff from Glasgow Sport Football Development Department.
This employment designed experience creates the opportunity for project-based learning and assessment throughout the students’ programme of study, giving them a rounded understanding of coaching and development. The programme is designed to help students develop the relationships and expertise to support them as they progress in their career, be that through university or employment.
The already successful relationship between the College and Glasgow Life is now being formalised and, at a signing ceremony, Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Derek Smeall, Principal of Glasgow Kelvin College, came together to ratify the agreement at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre.
Chair of Glasgow Life, Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council Councillor David McDonald said:
“Glasgow Kelvin College has worked closely with Glasgow Sport over the last few years and our new Partnership Agreement provides a framework and formal commitment to that relationship.
As a Host City for UEFA Euro 2020, Glasgow’s Sport Football Development is focussed on leaving a legacy from the City hosting this major event, ensuring schools, clubs and communities feel part of the experience. The Football Development team work closely with the Scottish FA, Education Services, key stakeholders, funders and the city’s grassroots clubs to improve the game on a local level. The team works with over 100 football clubs across the City and deliver coach education and continuous coach development to 1000 candidates per year.
So, if you’re inspired by the opportunity to work with industry experts in sport and football development, I would urge you to seize this opportunity and apply for a place on HND Football Studies at Glasgow Kelvin College.”
Principal Derek Smeall added:
“This exciting new initiative is ensuring our students gain face-to-face experience of the coaching world and equips them with the personal and sports skills that will give them the edge in a competitive sector. It also ensures that we are addressing the skills needs that Glasgow Sport wants from the sports coaches of the future. We’re delighted to enter into this partnership and look forward to developing the programme further.
We are already seeing very positive outcomes from the programme, with several students securing part-time jobs both with Glasgow Sport and elsewhere. Another of our students has received a university offer for next year. In fact, one of the Glasgow Sport full-time coaches, Liam Pattie, is himself a former student from the College’s HN Football Studies programme.
It is evident that this type of employer engagement really works and we are grateful to our valued partners, Glasgow Sport, for helping us to give our students these amazing opportunities.”
Sports Coaching students Craig Campbell, 22, from Barrhead and Dylan Connel, 24 of Royston both spoke about the programme.
“If I had to pick one thing from it I think it would be the overall experience of learning and working alongside my peers, the Glasgow Life coaches and the College lecturers which has been a true highlight. I have done my best to be a sponge and soak in anything I can from these guys due to the extensive knowledge they can provide us with. It has definitely helped with my confidence when coaching.”
“The full course has been fantastic and the lecturers are great but working alongside an employer is something I have really enjoyed. It has given me a taste of what it is like in the real coaching world and I have also gained a part-time paid position from it. The benefits are that (the course) really gives you a chance to improve and show your coaching skills.”
Councillor McDonald and Derek Smeall are pictured above with staff and students from Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Life.