Tuesday, 4 May 2010


Young people in Thanet, who are not in education, employment or training, can get free sports related qualifications, starting later this month (May).

The Worx Project is led by Thanet District Council's Sport 4NRG team and Pipeline and has funding from Thanet Works, which aims to help people get off benefits and into training and/or work.

The latest course offers young people the chance to get the Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership and runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm from Monday 10 to Friday 14 May at Ramsgate Sports Centre. To take part, you must be between 16 and 24 years old. The course has 36 hours of active learning, with practical sports sessions, sessions at local sports clubs and in the classroom.

Those on the course are also expected to complete 10 hours of volunteering at places such as Sport 4NRG, after school clubs, leisure centres and swimming pools. These will all be arranged by the Worx Project. After the course finishes, Sport 4NRG will also find further training or will help with getting a college place or sports related employment.

This will be Sport 4 NRG's fourth course, after running one in October and two more in February. To date, 29 young people have completed the courses and the majority have moved into either work placements (volunteering), further education (college courses and further sports training qualifications) and employment.

James Gregory from Sport 4NRG said: "We are really pleased with our first year of The Worx Project. With over 25 young people now more qualified and work ready than before, we have definitely made a positive impact in the community. The majority of our candidates are now enrolled in further training, be it a full time college course or sports specific short course. They have taken the opportunity that The Worx Project has given them and with our guidance and support, are continuing their journey into employment."

For an application form for the course, either e-mail James at james.gregory@thanet.gov.uk or text your details to 07770 828 582.

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