Youngsters encouraged to sign up to BTEC sports courses..

Year 11 students interested in a career in sport are being encouraged to apply for BTEC Sports courses ran by the Leeds United Foundation as part of their education strand.

Students who are interested in a career in sports can make an expression of interest via UCAS and attend an open evening at Elland Road where students will get a chance to talk to tutors and coaches about their options. The next open evening will be on Wednesday 9 May at Elland Road, West Stand, Entrance 6 – starting at 4:30pm.

The BTEC level courses are available to those who are near completion of their GCSE’s and offer a comprehensive programme of practical sport, theoretical study and opportunities for sports coaching and business management.

The courses available include the BTEC Level One Diploma in Sport, BTEC Level Two Extended Certificate in Sport and the BTEC Level Three Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity. After completion, students can then either progress on to the Foundation’s Degree course, other Further Education or pathways into sport.

Kyle McGlenn, aged 16, is a first year student on the BTEC Sports course and said: “I am finding the course excellent. It’s smooth and easy going because the staff are great and they interact with you, which makes it more relaxed, fun and enjoyable.

“The course is a lot different from what I expected because whilst it is hard and intense at times, you can work at your own pace and get things done. I also thought the training side was going to be more about fitness not football but really it’s more football related which makes you want to never miss a session.

“The football side has helped me a lot. It’s improved me more as a player but it’s also helped me with my fitness and doing more sports in my daily activities. It’s great and I would recommend the course to anyone.”

Kyle is one of the many of students on the course at the Foundation who has a chance to create a career in sport.

The courses are open to 16 and 17 year olds and are currently recruiting for September 2018.

To register your interest and find out about open days please e-mail with your name, date of birth, e-mail address and phone number along with your predicted grades.