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ASDAN launches Football Short Course


A new Short Course to help football-mad youngsters engage with education has been launched by ASDAN.

ASDAN teamed up with the Football League Trust, which oversees the community work of all 72 Football League clubs, to produce the Football Short Course. The curriculum programme can be used to reward and recognise the skills learners develop as they carry out football-themed activities – such as designing a coaching programme, researching issues around racism in football or carrying out a period of work experience at a football club.

The course was launched on Monday September 26 at Watford Football Club. Watford midfielder Stephen McGinn, a Scotland Under-21 international, was on hand to present Football Short Course certificates to young people from the club’s Learning Centre who had worked on the programme during its pilot phase.

He was also able to meet students and staff from St Columba's High School in Greenock who made the long journey down to tell delegates about a book they had written telling the history of Morton FC and the social history of the area. This was done as part of the ASDAN Bronze/Silver. Coincidentally, Stephen's father is a teacher at St Columba's.

Mike Evans (left), the Football League Trust’s general manager, said: “The Football League Trust strives to raise standards and raise expectations – our unique selling point is utilising the power of football, especially with hard to reach groups.

“We are looking to develop innovative schemes that progress the way we deliver education programmes. We are very excited to be working with ASDAN and hope to get as many of our clubs involved as possible.”