College kick-starts careers with Reading FC

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Championship football club, Reading FC and East Berkshire College have teamed up to offer young people a fantastic opportunity to kick-start their sporting careers with a traineeship.

The club, which is based at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, has 12 traineeship positions available for those aged 16-24. The programme, which is designed to prepare young people for their future careers, will last between six weeks and six months depending on the individual's needs.

The 12 lucky trainees will have the opportunity to work with professional coaches, gain valuable work experience at the club, study for a NCFE Level 1 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport, train in the club's state-of-the-art facilities and improve their English and maths skills.

Dave Evans, Reading FC Community Trust Manager, said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with East Berkshire College, as a registered charity we are passionate about working with young people helping them to achieve their own personal development pathways and if by using football we can help them to achieve this then Reading FC Community Trust are happy to be involved.

"The traineeship scheme offers young people a foot on the ladder in the industry, combining academic learning with physical activity helping to promote young people's passion for sport, candidates will also have the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a football club, meet some of the players and train on the clubs academies category 1 facilities.

"We see this as a fantastic opportunity for young people in Slough and look forward to working with them in the new year."

Combining study at East Berkshire College in Langley with work experience at Reading FC, the traineeship programme offers males and females the chance to develop transferable skills through sport and gain an insight into the careers available in a professional club. In addition, trainees will be given careers advice, guidance on apprenticeship opportunities and a reference at the end of the programme.

Those aged 16-24 who are qualified below Level 3 (A Levels or equivalent) and are currently unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours a week are eligible to apply for the sporting traineeship.

East Berkshire College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport and offers students the chance to develop their skills in a modern £5million Sports Centre, which includes a multi-purpose sports hall, fully-equipped gym, dance studio and outdoor games area.

For more details on the traineeship programme, please contact East Berkshire College on 01753 793000 or click here. Alternatively, you can come along to the Advice and Enrolment Event at Langley College on 11th January 2016 at 3.30pm.

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