Hemel Hempstead Town FC are ready to launch a Community Education Programme which will give teenagers the chance to continue their studies while also experiencing life at a football club.
Orchestrated by director of football Steve Boone, the two-year programme will provide youngsters with youth team football under the guidance of Tudors first team manager Dean Brennan and members of the first team squad, as well as the chance to gain a BTech qualification in sports science.
Boone says that the launch of the programme is the result of a year of planning and hard work from everybody involved.
“We’ve been trying for the last 12 months to put together what we believe is not just a football programme, but also a community programme,” he said.
“The government rule is that 16-year-olds have to stay on for a further two years of education; whether it be at a school, college or a sixth form.
“So we feel that this is absolutely the right time – in terms of the way the football club is going and in the way that education legislation is going – that we should have something in place.
We’ve been trying for the last 12 months to put together what we believe is not just a football programme, but also a community programme.Hemel Hempstead Town FC director of football Steve Boone
“We’ve had so many discussions with all kinds of organisations, but we got there in the end.”
The club will be working with an organisation that is fully qualified to deliver the BTech syllabus, which they will do at the football club’s Vauxhall Road ground.
“We have already been taking trials on board for school leavers of this year, and essentially what we are looking at is a two-year programme,” said Boone. “If the students are successful it will give them qualifications which can essentially take them on to university.
“While they are here, they will learn about not just playing football and training with Dean and the squad, but also what it is like to be in and around a football club every day. It’s a taste of real-life.
“It’s a part of the programme than the government are keen on; that kids not only develop academically, but also that they learn social skills.”
The programme will officially begin in September, when between 20 and 40 students will begin their education at the club.
“We are excited about it and we are really looking forward to September,” added Boone. “I don’t believe that there is other club in the area that will offer youngsters the chance to be coached by the first team manager or members of the first team squad, so that is a massive plus.”
Anybody interested in finding out more about the course can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07956 400096.
> An opening evening will be held on Thursday, March 26 for potential candidates to learn more about the programme.
Arrival and Registration: 6.45pm
Presentation starts: 7.00pm
Close approx: 8.30pm
Venue: Hemel Hempstead Town FC main hall, HP2 4HW