Over 40 young footballers attended an event at The County Ground, on Wednesday Evening, to formally launch the start of the Football Education Programme at Commonweal School Sixth Form.
Male and female students, who have been selected to be a part of the prestigious two year programme, came from across the region to be formally presented with their new kit at The County Ground on Thursday Evening.
Following the presentation and official team photos, the students learnt more about this exciting programme and were formally presented with their match shirts by head teacher, Keith Defter. In addition Mr. Defter was delighted to be presented with his own STFC shirt with ‘Commonweal 16’ emblazoned on the back.
The ground breaking partnership, run in collaboration between Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust and Commonweal Sixth offers 40 students each year a professional standard of football coaching whilst being able to complete a full range of A-Level and Vocational qualifications.
The students will be offered the opportunity to train, gain coaching qualifications, and compete against other professional football clubs from around the country including Chelsea and Spurs.
Jon Holloway from STFITC said: “Swindon Town Football in the Community Trust were extremely proud to meet the successful students that will start our new programme in September. This partnership with C6 will enable the students to achieve a first class education as well as continuing with their football education with Swindon Town FC. It was an honour to present the new students with their match shirts and welcome them to C6.’
This exciting new programme is being rolled out to boys and girls currently in Year 11 in schools across the Swindon area and beyond. Both parties, C6 and STFITC, are delighted to be able to offer young female footballers the chance to be a part of the only professional Football Education Programme within the County of Wiltshire.
“It was a wonderful event and we are really looking forward to being able to work in close partnership with Swindon Town to provide our students with the very best sporting and academic opportunities.” James Matcham, Head of Sixth Form.