Coalition Sports Education Initiative to Launch in Newark
In an innovative bid to keep students in Newark and attract further students to the area, two local residents from Newark have teamed up to launch 'You Can Do Sport'; a unique Sports Education Programme unlike any other available locally.
By: You Can Do Sport
As part of the Magnus Academy Sixth Form offering, 'You Can Do Sport' will run an engaging Sports Programme for 16-18year olds, starting this September.
Kicking off with Rugby and Football, students will study a BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Sport alongside specialist training sessions at designated clubs depending on the Sport they choose. Newark Rugby Union Football Club will be heading up the Rugby on their site at the brand new 1.5 million-pound development. Students will be trained by coaches with England Rugby accredited qualifications and previous experience of coaching a 16-18-year-old group. Details of the Football partnership are yet to be released, but it will be held at the brand new 12.3 million-pound Nottinghamshire YMCA Sports Village.
The 2-year programme will offer students a well-rounded holistic education in Sport covering many aspects such as nutrition, physio, anatomy and psychology. Training sessions will focus on fitness testing, sports leadership, coaching, improving technique, tactical awareness, strength, conditioning and players' overall awareness and understanding of the game. The full programme includes a combination of academic studies, theoretical training, practical sports coaching, and additional enrichment courses from employability to RFU and FA accredited sporting qualifications including coaching and refereeing.
Students will be entered into a league giving them the opportunity to play competitive matches with regional grass roots clubs and other sixth form teams.
'You Can Do Sport' have big plans for the programme, with proposals to release further Sport options, which may include Rowing, Hockey, Tennis and Golf, as the programme evolves.
Other benefits include high-profile elite speakers and guest coaching sessions, special away-days, career direction and guidance and reduced membership costs into sports clubs.
Natalia Postlethwaite, Director of 'You Can Do Sport' said: "There is no offering like this in the local area, hence why hundreds of students are forced to endure daily travel to Nottingham and Lincoln to access programmes similar to this."
"Our mission is to make further education in Sport accessible to all children, regardless of background or starting point, so as to enrich their lives, contribute to their success and allow them to realise their potential. We aim to motivate and encourage others to achieve their own personal and professional fulfilment and to enable them to make educated and informed decisions that are not limited by self-belief, opportunity or circumstance. We believe that the best in each of us enriches all of us, so forming strong relationships with the who's who of Sport in Newark makes for a very compelling Programme."
Kate Lilley, Director of You Can Do Sport said "At the heart of our strategy is our overall aim to retain Newark's students within the local schooling system through the delivery of an attractive and diverse sports programme. We will champion sport for Newark, making use of the excellent facilities and well-established clubs in the local area. We believe opportunity must be more flexible and accessible and actively reach out to those who do not get involved in sport, whether because of practical, social or emotional barriers. We believe that by delivering an engaging sports programme we can encourage students to push themselves to their full potential and attain education goals whilst improving attendance rates. By engaging students in education through subjects that hold personal interest for them, we can contribute to the region's efforts to develop social mobility for our young people and attract additional funding to the area to help our partners achieve this."
"The programme gives students a broad insight into the diversity of disciplines and careers available in sport and will present graduates with the full spectrum of potential exit routes from scholarships, university, employment and apprenticeships, and possibly professional and semi-professional sports contracts for those that show real promise in their game."
David Duddles from Newark Rugby Club said: "There is no substitute for hands-on experience, so students will benefit from plenty of pitch action, be it as a player, a coach or a referee. From midweek match days to extra-curricular opportunities, students will not only be taught rugby skills but will work with rugby's core values of Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship."
Anna Martin, Principle of Magnus CofE Academy said: "The fourth report from the Social Mobility Commission sadly highlighted Newark & Sherwood as the second worst performing district in the East Midlands when it came to social mobility for those in early years education and at school, stating poor educational performance as a key factor. We don't want to see our students giving up their ambition due to limitations to access. By enhancing curriculum choice at Magnus for students at sixth form level with a programme that is both appealing and engaging, this programme will enable students to further their education on home ground."
"We encourage participation in positive learning activities and strive to improve young people's confidence and self-esteem whilst teaching them new disciplines and skills they can use throughout their life and future career. It will teach students to become confident, respectful and considered young leaders, who aim to set high standards within the school community creating an aspirational pathway for others."