Monday saw the launch of the Football in the Community Trust’s new Futsal Scholarship.
The first intake of twelve students were put through their paces in practical sessions designed to introduce them to the two year BTEC Extended Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence Course.
They were shown around Spotland Stadium, meeting Captain Peter Cavanagh and Physio Andy Thorpe as well as Trust Coach, Martin Payne.
The twelve students, who are aged 16 and 17, were given an insight to the programme by the Trust’s Education Officer, Gerard Jones, touching on subjects such as Fitness Testing and Training, Sports Nutrition, Anatomy and Physiology and many more modules.
The students will be studying and training at Rochdale AFC, plus taking part weekly in the North West Futsal League at the Leeds Arena.
Part of the playing programme sees a national tournament to be organised at the end of the season, with the winning club invited to spend a week at the Barcelona Academy in what will be the chance of a life time.
This is a fantastic opportunity for young people aged 16-17 and there is still time to get involved. So if you want to:
- Work towards obtaining a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma,
- Get a first class education that will get you to University?
- Gain qualifications to work in the sports industry?
- Train and compete in a professional futsal environment?
- Represent your local professional club?
- Become a Futsal player, coach or referee?
Please contact Dale’s Head of Football in the Community, Keith Hicks, by calling 07958593121. The deadline for enrolment is 1st November.