Wednesday, 16 January 2013

All aboard the coaching!

Thanet District Council’s ‘Sport 4NRG’ team wants to help energetic 16 -18year olds to engage with sport to help them build valuable skills by doing things they enjoy.  The team is working with Charlton Athletic to offer training towards gaining a LEVEL 1 SPORT & ACTIVE LEISURE BTEC as well as an FA Level 1 Coaching Badge, which can lead to participants getting paid to deliver football sessions.
Sport & Leisure Officer, James Gregory said: “This course is ideal for unemployed young people who can commit to spend two days a week for eighteen weeks on the course, which will be run at one of our local youth centres.
“Our aim is to give the young people of Thanet the skills, qualifications and experience which will help them to gain employment.  The team-building experience they gain and the demonstration of commitment that they show is the kind of thing employers look for. So, there are plenty of advantages beyond the use they can make of the sport qualification itself, and the opportunities it gives them for a higher quality of life as well as for finding new friends.”
The nationally accredited course, with a £200 completion fee to successful participants, is free too, and they won’t even have to pay to get to the sessions as travel expenses are covered by Sport4NRG to remove any barriers to taking part and achieving success.
Cabinet Member for Community Services Cllr. Iris Johnston added: “I’m really pleased that James and the team are carrying on our long tradition of association with Charlton Athletic to create opportunities for this important age group.”
Although the actual location and timing is still to be confirmed places are going fast, so don’t miss your chance to show your interest.  Call James on 01843 75 7728, email him on, or message ‘James Thanet Sports’ on Facebook!

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