Coaching in the UK

Salford City College wins prestigious National Award

Fri, 07 Feb 2014

Staff and students at Salford City College celebrate winning a coveted “Further Education Oscar”, for Sport in the Curriculum


Staff and students were celebrating today as Salford City College was awarded the prestigious Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Sport in the Curriculum. The college was presented the award, sponsored by 1st4sport and sports coach UK, by Lord Willis, President of the AoC Charitable Trust, at the AoC Beacon Awards National Presentation Ceremony in London on Wednesday 5 February 2014. The college was also congratulated by Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills and Enterprise, who was at the ceremony.

Salford City College sees sport as a way of bringing together its different sites and has invested heavily in providing sporting activities for all students.

The college has established partnerships with a range of organisations, including Bury FC, which gives students the chance to work alongside the first team and the Manchester United Foundation, where a Just4Girls project has successfully encouraged more girls into the sport.

The college also works with a sports-media company and students work alongside staff filming and editing projects.  This aspect of their approach is so successful that the college has been invited to be involved with the reporting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Tony Dallimore, Education Director at 1st4sport, said:

“Coaching is a great way for young people to express their passion and be actively involved in sport.  1st4sport Qualifications, in partnership with sports coach UK, were delighted to be able to continue to support the awards this year. At 1st4sport we are passionate about the wide-ranging benefits of sport to young people and believe further education is an important environment in which to nurture their enthusiasm for sport; whether as participants/athletes, or as part of the workforce. Our visits to the shortlisted colleges confirmed that the standard and diversity of their offer demonstrates a huge commitment to supporting their sport learners to achieve employability or progression to higher education (HE), through dynamic staff/student/employer engagement.”

Patsy Colvin, Coaching Network Manager at sports coach UK and one of the co-sponsors of the Award, said:

“sports coach UK recognise the value of coaching skills in the sport curriculum and the attainment of relevant industry skills to support employment or progress on to further learning. Through sponsoring the award, and visiting the shortlisted Colleges, we have been assured that there is an enthusiasm to ensure that coaching is a growing component of the FE curriculum.

Our winner has shown an excellent example of how a college can work with partners to enhance learners’ employability skills. The college strives to involve as many of the college community as possible in sporting activities and has a holistic approach to the inclusion of sport within the curriculum.”

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