Leicester FC has won the prestigious President’s Award at the Festival of Learning Awards, in Birmingham. The Festival of Learning is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), which focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and developing the skills of the potential and existing workforce by providing the help people need to fulfil their potential and turn their lives around.
The LCFC Community Trust has been recognised for its ambitious employability programme that targets Leicester’s hardest to reach young people and offers them a sustainable future within employment or through work related training or education.
As part of the Barclays Premier League Works initiative Leicester City Football Club employ a team of coaches, tutors and youth workers to help young people achieve their goals over a 12-week period. In partnership with Leicester College, learners have been supported through an employability BTEC and depending on the route taken by each learner, it provides an array of additional learning opportunities.
The scheme, which targets people aged between 15 – 25 years old and those who are or have been in care, encourages positive steps towards a potential career, with qualifications in football coaching to first aid while apprenticeships are also available.
There are currently over 50,000 people in Leicester and Leicestershire without any qualifications, therefore the Premier League Champions’ education programme and others in the region act as a pivotal platform to encourage people, of all ages, back into learning.
Emily Bird from LCFC Community Trust said: “Leicester City Football Club is delighted to be recognised with this prestigious award. The local community has supported us through thick and thin therefore we take tremendous pride in repaying their faith by offering them the chance to achieve their ambitions, like we have done ours.
“We’d especially like to thank all the staff for their hard work and dedication to delivering such an incredible service. We hope each person, no matter his or her background, can secure future opportunities by enlisting on the scheme.”
Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute, which leads the Festival of Learning Awards said: “Leicester City FC is a worthy winner of our President’s Award. Their work to support the hardest to reach young people in the City to make a positive transition back into education, access training and to gain meaningful employment, fully exemplifies the spirit of the Festival of Learning. The club reached such extraordinary heights on the pitch last year, and now it’s replicating its hard work off the pitch by providing wonderful opportunities for Leicester’s disadvantaged young people.”
“This innovative project fully demonstrates that providing a more flexible approach to learning, co-developed with the learner themselves, often leads to a greater success and secures more sustainable outcomes. We have seen this clearly through our work on the Citizens’ Curriculum.”
LCFC Community Trust fended off competition from hundreds of entrants and collected the prestigious Festival of Learning President’s Award on Tuesday 13th September at a national ceremony in Birmingham.