New Sports Hub announced for college

New Sports Hub announced for college

Askham Bryan College becomes Hub for Leeds United Sports College.

Leeds United Sports College has forged an exciting partnership with Askham Bryan College which will see it become a new Sports Hub to the education provision at the club.

The York-based campus will be offering students studying Level 2 and 3 BTEC sport the opportunity to learn at the famous Elland Road as part of their studies from September onwards.

Students will travel to Elland Road one day per week, with input and expert guidance throughout the year from Leeds United coaches along with teaching from the college’s specialist sports coaches, including course manager and lecturer Matt Heath, a former Leeds United player.

Matt joined Leeds United in November 2006 and made 59 appearances for the club, since leaving the game professionally he has gained his BSc (Hons) degree in coaching and joined the teaching staff at Askham Bryan in 2016.

Spencer Taylor, Leeds United’s Director of Education, has spoken about the partnership and said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Askham Bryan College, offering more students the chance to not only learn at our stadium but also give them the opportunity to work with some of the fantastic coaches that will be on board at Leeds United Sports College. We look forward to developing a strong relationship with the York-based campus and welcoming the students to Elland Road in September.”

The courses available at Askham Bryan College offer a combination of both practical and theory learning – covering coaching, development and fitness plus giving an insight into the business side of sport.

It is perfect for school leavers and young people with a real interest in playing or coaching and progressing to university. Learners will also have the chance to work towards playing for the college’s elite programme team, representing Askham Bryan in the Association of College’s Football League.

Billy Miller, Director of Sport at Askham Bryan, said: “We’re delighted to be working with such a prestigious and world renowned organisation such as Leeds United. This elite sports programme gives our students a wonderful opportunity to work with experts at the highest level which will not only improve their sporting skills but give an insight into what is involved in running a successful club. This could be life changing for our young people and will certainly enhance their future career prospects.”

The course is free for Under-19s and free transport is provided for students. There is an opportunity to learn more about the courses at the college’s next Open Day which will be held on Saturday 23 March at the York campus. Staff, including Matt Heath, will be available to speak with youngsters from 10.30am to 1.30pm. For more details, please click here.