Young people across Kent and Medway are being offered the chance to learn more about the wide range of careers available in sport thanks to an innovative new project.

Kent and Medway Progression Federation (KMPF) has teamed up with Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) to pilot the new Sports and Higher Education programme, which is aimed at inspiring Year 10 and 11 students to consider the varied pathways that studying sport can take them at post-18 level.

Following a successful pilot with the Oasis Academy, based in Isle of Sheppey, the project will now be offered to several other schools across the county where there is a lower progression to Higher Education than expected.

The 3-week programme sees representatives from Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) visiting schools to deliver a series of practical sessions and workshops designed to help young people explore the different career options and pathways available in sport.

Michael Ward, Charlton Athletic Community Trust programme coordinator, said, “We’re delighted to be working with KMPF on this exciting new project. The response so far has been incredibly positive.

He added, “The aim of the programme is to help students develop an understanding of how working in sport is challenging but also rewarding and fun. We’re looking forward to collaborating with more schools and inspiring more young people to consider careers in sport – and the pathways to help them get there – over the coming months.”

Gavin Delf, Kent and Medway Progression Federation Hub Manager, said, “KMPF exists to support the aspirations and attainment of young people in Kent and Medway.

“Through this innovative new project, we’re working with Year 10 and Year 11 students from selected secondary schools to inform them of the career options and pathways available in sport, and subtly introduce University as a potential and realistic part of this journey.

The 3-week programme is split into three practical sessions lasting between 45 minutes and 1-hour covering topics such as coaching, team building and fitness testing.

The programme culminates with an event day held at a local football club, which involves a carousel of practical sessions, presentations, and an opportunity for students to speak to professionals within the football industry in a careers marketplace. The local universities are in attendance and students can participate in practical workshops in a range of courses that the sports departments offer.

For further information about the Sports and Higher Education programme please Contact Us.

Lucy King

26 Oct 2021

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