FOOTBALL: Free coaching in Olympic year

Coventry City FC are coaching Warwickshire College students at the Rugby centre

In this year of the London 2012 Olympics, Coventry City FC and Warwickshire College have teamed up, offering free football training to college students. Sky Blues in the Community is running free six-week football courses at the Rugby, Leamington, Moreton Morrell and Henley-in-Arden centres.

Business Development Manager at Sky Blues in the Community, Guy Rippon, said: “Coventry City and Sky Blues in the Community is dedicated to helping local people take full advantage of local sporting opportunities. Football is a powerful way of engaging with people and a good way for Coventry City to give something back to the community to which we belong.”

Mike Hilton, Sport Engagement Officer at Warwickshire College said: “The college has teamed up with the Sky Blues to provide courses for students of any ability and fitness level. We hope that many students will discover a new interest in sport, developing healthy habits to give them a lifetime of enjoyment.”

Following the six-week course, students will then be offered the opportunity to link up with other local clubs and football leagues, pursuing their interest further. Selected students will also be given the opportunity to progress to the FA’s level 1 football coaching qualification.

Warwickshire College is part of the Olympic Get Set network and is engaged in a number of activities to promote the Olympic values to students throughout the year, other activities have included Olympics-based fashion designs and art murals.