Soccer Academy launched at South West College

Soccer Academy launched at South West College
July, 2013
South West College was delighted today to launch the Soccer Academy at its Omagh Campus. The College has recognised for some time that it needs to include more practical elements in its sport programmes in order to give students improved access to first class coaching from different sports experts.

Over the last year, South West College has made substantial progress in developing Academies with the Soccer body and the GAA. It is currently seeking to firm up proposals for both Golf and Rugby academies at its campuses in Enniskillen and Dungannon.

From September 2013, students can enrol on either the Level 2 Diploma in Sport (one year course and the equivalent of 5 GCSEs) or the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (two year course and the equivalent to three A levels) depending on their GCSE grades. Students must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade C or above to enrol on the Level 3 programme. Students will be given football coaching by a fully qualified IFA coach over four mornings per week at Youth Sport Omagh before starting the academic side of the programme back in the College.

Both programmes incorporate a mix of practical exercises, classroom lectures, external visits and case study exercises. Students will also receive training and assessment in a range of additional qualifications delivered by an IFA Pro Licence coach including the IFA Level 1 Award and beyond which will enhance their suitability as members of local soccer clubs.

Tom McBride, Head of Department at South West College told us: “This Sports Academy will not only give the students involved access to expert coaching but will prove invaluable in motivating them through the academic side of the programmes. They will witness at first hand the relevance to the soccer world of the academic modules they will study on the main programme including Nutrition for Sport, Fitness Testing and Training, Injury in Sport and Planning and Leading Sports Activities.”

Applicants for all courses in Sport Studies are expected to show a strong commitment to the sporting world and a strong personal statement of intent. A large number of progression routes are available and includes opportunities to undertake an HND, a Foundation Degree or Degree depending on UCAS points gained.

Further information can be obtained from the College on 0845 6031881.