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East Berkshire College, which has colleges in Langley and Windsor, is delighted to be working in partnership with Reading FC's Community Trust on a new Futsal Academy. A special presentation was held to announce the partnership at half-time during the club's championship match against Huddersfield at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday (29th March 2014).

The partnership aims to encourage young people of all abilities, both male and female, to get involved in futsal (a FIFA approved five-a-side football game) and develop transferable skills through sport. Working together, the trust and the College will provide coaching sessions for schools in the Slough area and run tournaments at the College's brand new Sports Centre, which includes one of the only official futsal pitches in the south-east.

Students on the College's sports programmes will also have the opportunity to undertake work experience at the Madejski Stadium, hear from guest speakers from the club and train at The Dome - the club's superb £1million indoor training centre.

Graham Try, Deputy Principal for Finance & Resources at East Berkshire College, explains: "East Berkshire College is extremely proud to be working in partnership with such a renowned club as Reading FC. We have an excellent reputation in sport and we always aim to provide our students with the very best facilities and coaches to enable them to achieve their ambitions. This partnership will not only benefit our students and staff, but also local schools and the wider community."

Futsal is a five a-side game played with hockey-sized goals and a smaller ball, which is approved by FIFA, UEFA and the FA. Vital in the development of young players and easy to play, Futsal helps to improve technique, movement, tactical awareness and fitness.

Dave Evans, Reading FC Community Trust Manager, said: "We are very excited at this new partnership, East Berkshire College is going through a huge refurbishment with excellent leisure facilities for young people right in the heart of one of the hot beds of footballing talent – we are all about caring, developing and educating young people using football [Futsal] as the main engagement tool, the Futsal project we feel is an excellent way we can help achieve these objectives."

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport and offers students the chance to develop their skills in a new £5million Sports Centre, which includes a multi-purpose sports hall, fully-equipped gym and dance studio. Combining education and sporting excellence, the academy offers males and females the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches.

East Berkshire College continues to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and is currently undertaking a £30m refurbishment of its Langley College to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities for current and future students. These improvements include a new sports centre, Hospitality & Catering Academy, commercial hair and beauty salons and an Innovation Hub.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including sports courses, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

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Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan officially opened East Berkshire College’s new multi-million pound Sports Centre at Langley College on Tuesday (14th May 2013).


The boxing legend performed the official ribbon cutting ceremony along with College Principal Kate Webb and Chair of Governors, Tony Dixon. As well as welcoming visitors to the new £5 million Sports Centre, Barry kindly made time to sign autographs, answer questions and provide advice to budding young boxers.

Visitors to the event were able to check out the brand new facilities, watch demonstrations, meet the coaches, find out more about the College’s Sports Academy and meet a sporting legend. A variety of activities were running throughout the event to showcase the facilities including a five-a-side football tournament, street-dance class and a series of dynamic boxing demonstrations. School children from Langley Hall Primary Academy also took part in a special football skills session, which was delivered by sports students from the College’s coaching course.

Barry McGuigan said: “I’m excited to be able to open East Berkshire College’s new Sports Centre. The College is doing some great work here and the new facilities will enable more young people in this area to get involved in sports like boxing.

““In these challenging times, there is an even greater need to give young people the belief and a vision to succeed. I was given a chance through sport to fulfil my potential as I grew up, and I want through programmes like the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy to give others that chance.”

The new Sports Centre is part of East Berkshire College’s £16m improvement project at its Langley College. The centre features a multi-purpose sports hall, a gym, dance studio, boxing gym, sports science lab and changing rooms. As well as meeting the needs of the College’s successful Sports Academy, the new facility will also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities from September 2013. DSC 5468press

Simon East, Sports Academy Manager at East Berkshire College, explained: “This new state-of-the-art facility marks a significant investment by the College and one that will benefit students, staff and the wider community. We aim to provide students with an all-round education to enable them to achieve both their academic and sporting ambitions. Not only will the new sports centre provide top-class facilities in which our students can develop their skills, but we hope it will increase participation in sport among those of all ages in the local community.”

Student Nicole Brown, who is studying an Activity and Leadership Level 2 course at the College, added: “The new facilities are fantastic. There has been a real buzz about the opening event and having Barry McGuigan here was a real inspiration for everyone.”

East Berkshire College is the only college in the south-east to offer a Boxing Academy written and approved by Mr McGuigan himself. It offers young people the chance to study for a nationally recognised qualification whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches. The programme, which is approved by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA), is open to males and females aged 16-19 who enrol on any full-time course at the College.

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport offering specialist programmes in sports such as football, rugby and boxing. Combining education and sporting excellence, the Sports Academy offers males and females the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches.

Over the years, East Berkshire College has continued to go from strength to strength in terms of raising standards and enhancing its range of courses. In February 2013, Ofsted rated the College as ‘good’ with outstanding features following a week-long inspection. Alongside other key strengths, the report recognised the real difference the College makes to the lives of its students in terms of their progress, success and employability. EBC 5759 710px web

For more information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, please call 0845 373 2500.
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Former world champion boxer Barry McGuigan will be officially opening East Berkshire College’s new multi-million pound Sports Centre at Langley College on Tuesday 14th May 2013. 


Visitors to the event will be able to check out the brand new facilities, watch demonstrations, meet the coaches, find out more about the College’s Sports Academy and meet a sporting legend. A variety of activities will be running to showcase the facilities including a five-a-side football tournament, Zumba class and boxing demonstrations. The facilities will be open for the public to view from 4pm until 7.30pm and staff will be on hand to advise on the wide range of courses available.

The new Sports Centre is part of East Berkshire College’s £16m improvement project at its Langley College. The centre features a multi-purpose sports hall, a gym, dance studio, sports science lab and changing rooms. As well as meeting the needs of the College’s successful Sports Academy, the new facility will also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities from September 2013.

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport, offering specialist programmes in sports such as football, rugby and boxing. Combining education and sporting excellence, the Sports Academy offers males and females the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches.

For more information, pop along to the launch event or call East Berkshire College on 0845 373 2500.

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A 'topping out' ceremony at East Berkshire College's Langley College was held last week (Friday 1st February) to mark the progress of the building work on its new multi-purpose Sports Centre.

Staff, governors and students joined principal contractor Kier Construction and architects Bond Bryan to celebrate reaching the highest point of the build. As part of the ceremony, College Principal, Kate Webb, along with sports students Nicole Brown and Santino Bowen had the honour of laying three bricks to mark the auspicious occasion.

"It is fantastic to see our new facilities taking shape," enthused Principal Kate Webb. "The new multi-purpose Sports Centre, in particular, will be a valuable resource not only for our current and future students, but also the local community.

"The improvements to our Langley College mark a significant investment in the local area by East Berkshire College and are part of our ongoing commitment to providing the best possible facilities for students, staff and the local community."

Following the ceremony, guests were given the opportunity to take a guided tour of the site and appreciate the extent of the new state-of-the-art sports facilities, which are due to open in May 2013.

Student Nicole Brown, who is studying an activity and leadership level two course, said: ""I feel really lucky to have been able to go on site and see the building work. The building is bigger than I expected and I can't wait to see what it will all look like when it is finished. The Sports Centre will provide us with more professional facilities to train in and will encourage more students to keep fit and take up a sport, not just sports students."

Langley College, which is part of East Berkshire College, is currently undergoing a £16m makeover to provide new state-of-the-art learning facilities, including a new Hospitality & Catering Academy and multi-purpose Sports Centre, to meet the community's current and future learning needs.

The College is fast becoming a centre of excellence for sport offering specialist programmes in football, rugby, netball and boxing. The new Sports Centre will not only meet the needs of the College's successful Sports Academy, but also provide the local community with public use of new sports amenities.

Once the Sports Centre is completed, work will begin on transforming the former sports hall into an exciting new Hospitality & Catering Academy. Due for completion in August 2013, this will feature professional training kitchens and a working restaurant.

Glyn Salmon, Kier Construction director said, "We are delighted to be part of the East Berkshire College project team. Today's topping out ceremony is just one of the many events we are organising with the College, which reflects the true spirit of partnership adopted by everyone involved in this project."

The improvement project for Langley College will cost approximately £16m and is being funded mainly by the College, and part funded by a Government grant.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 800 courses, including Sports, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

This summer, come and try your hand at football coaching or boxing at East Berkshire College, all for free!

If you've ever thought about a career in sport, want to get out and active this summer, or just want to see what sport at college is like, this is your chance. In July we are holding four half-day tasters for Boxing & Fitness, and two half days for Football Coaching at the Langey Campus. You're welcome to join as many sessions as you'd like, just register your interest or come along to reception 15 minutes before the taster start time for registration. 

For more details on our full range of summer tasters, including football and boxing, click here or call 0845 373 2500.

Students enrolling at College for a full or part-time course in September will also be able to take on professional sports training in football, boxing, rugby and netball at our prestigious Sports Academy. All you need is a passion for sport, and we'll help you to become an elite performer whist obtaining a qualification from any of our other courses.  

 

Charlie WassmerFormer East Berkshire College student Charlie Wassmer has netted the biggest goal of his footballing career so far. The talented young player, who recently completed a Coaching NVQ Level three course at the Langley Campus, has been signed by Crawley Town FC.

With a string of impressive performances in his first full season at senior level, the 20 year old defender was spotted by the club while playing for Hayes and Yeading United. A team he started playing for when he was only nine years old.

Passionate about the sport from a young age, Charlie developed his skills on and off the pitch through East Berkshire College’s award-winning football programme, which saw him combine playing for semi-professional Hayes and Yeading United with study at the College.

“I’ve always dreamt of playing at the highest level and things are really starting to happen for me now,” says Charlie. “Through my college course, I was able to work with and learn from a variety of top coaches. It made me physically and mentally stronger as well as helping me with the positioning and reading of the game. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for the teaching staff at the College. I’m very grateful to them and Hayes & Yeading United. I owe them so much.”   

Charlie felt his dream of becoming a professional footballer might slip away in 2008, however, when he was diagnosed with diabetes just before his 18th birthday. Instead, he turned it around to his advantage and now hopes his success will inspire others to do the same.

“It was a shock at first, but I realised I just had to get on with it. In a way, my diabetes has helped me because it made me more determined to succeed and forced me to eat healthy, which has improved my fitness levels. I want to show others that conditions like diabetes shouldn’t stop you following your dreams.”

“I have only been at Crawley for about six weeks and I have played 10 matches already. The club has made me feel really welcome and I’m getting to play alongside a lot of experienced players. I am learning so much. I was sad to leave Hayes & Yeading, but I think this was the right move for me and I hope one day to play in the premiership.”

Crawley boss Steve Evans, said: “Charlie is a young man who came to our attention earlier this season and we have watched his progress ever since. He has had a number of Npower Football League Clubs watch him as his performances have been outstanding. He is a young player that I think can progress quickly.”

Simon East, Manager of the College’s Sports Academy, believes Charlie has a promising career ahead of him:

“Being signed by Crawley is a great achievement. The standard at the club is very high and I think Charlie will be a valuable addition to the team. He is a great role model for our current students and I have high hopes for him.” 

East Berkshire College has a strong reputation for nurturing budding young footballers with a number of former students, such as wx6obh Scott, having made the step up into the professional game.

Forming part of the College’s Sports Academy, the football development programme has won a Football Association National Charter Standard award, the most prestigious award in grassroots football. The programme offers individuals the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches.

For further information on East Berkshire College and its extensive range of over 700 courses, visit www.eastberks.ac.uk or call 0845 373 2500.

boxing 01East Berkshire College and former boxing world champion Barry McGuigan have launched a new Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy (BMBA) at the College’s Langley Campus at a prestigious ceremony attended by students, staff and visitors.

Boxing legend Barry McGuigan officially opened the academy with an inspirational speech, signed autographs and gave advice to budding young boxers. Meanwhile, Hayes and Slough amateur boxing clubs impressed with a series of dynamic boxing demonstrations in the ring.

The celebrations coincided with the College’s Open Evening and highlighted the sport as a route to learning and a way to achieve academic potential. The learners within the BMBA will benefit from six hours per week of professional coaching in the boxing centre whilst furthering their studies at the College.

Approved by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA), the academy offers students the chance to study a full-time course whilst training to an elite level alongside professional coaches

Barry McGuigan said: “Currently there are close to one million young people nationwide not in education, employment or training, I strongly believe that young people need help, someone to believe in them and find their own talents.”
 
“In these challenging times, there is an even greater need to give young people the belief and a vision to succeed. I was given a chance through sport to fulfil my potential as I grew up, and I want through this programme to give others that chance. I have been very fortunate throughout my career and delighted that East Berkshire College is behind this new programme.”

Principal of East Berkshire College, Kate Webb, said: “We have an excellent reputation in sport and we always aim to provide our learners with the very best facilities and coaches to achieve their ambitions.  East Berkshire College is extremely proud to be working in partnership with the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy and the ABA.

The BMBA is an innovative programme that works with partners across the educational and sporting sectors in England. The core BMBA concept is “The integrated development of non-contact boxing programmes with educational modules to reconnect disenfranchised 16 – 19 year olds to their self-esteem and ambition, using the disciplines of boxing to build self-belief, confidence, and motivation to engage with the world around them.”

Boxing programmes are open to males and females who enrol on any full-time course at the College. For more information, call East Berkshire College on 0845 373 2500 or visit www.eastberks.ac.uk.

The launch of our Sports Academy is an exciting new opportunity for students to pursue a sporting passion whilst obtaining a qualification from any of our full-time programmes.

The Academy will allow you to develop a greater understanding of the requirements of a professional athlete, whilst working alongside professional coaches and fitness experts who will help you become an elite performer. There are four disciplines to choose from within the programme.

The Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy
Written and supported by the former world champion, our boxing programme is also approved by the Amateur Boxing Association (ABA). You’ll work alongside professional coaches to improve your skills and fitness to a high standard – all you need is a passion and determination for a career in boxing. For more information, read the Barry McGuigan Boxing Academy leaflet here. 


Netball Academy
As well as receiving professional netball coaching in weekly evening training sessions, the Netball Academy will give you the opportunity to play in regular league games. During this time you will gain experience and new skills, as well as a qualification from your chosen full-time course. For more information read the Netball Academy leaflet here.

Football Academy
Our FEDO (Football Education Development Opportunity) scheme offers you the chance to train with excellent facilities and coaches. The course runs in conjunction with Hayes and Yeading FC and the Football Association (FA), and has been awarded the National Charter Standard Award for its outstanding work.

Rugby Academy
Run by fully qualified RFU coaches and with links to professional rugby clubs, our Rugby Academy is the place for rising rugby stars. You'll receive expert training, and be able to play in regular league games. There will also be the opportunity to coach at schools within the community. For more information read the Rugby Academy leaflet here.

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