Cardiff City FC Foundation’s Education Programmes offer a unique opportunity for students to fulfil their potential in an environment that recognises the differing ways young people learn.
One such pupil who has benefited from the Foundation’s programmes is Luke Long.
After receiving his GSCE’s and not getting into sixth form, Luke decided to revaluate his options for further education. Advised by his Careers Wales supervisor, Luke saw the Foundation’s Education Programme as a viable alternative to mainstream education:
“They said it would suit me well because I enjoy my football, however it is much more than just that”.
After enrolling on the Foundation’s BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance & Excellence), a course that involves practical sessions in Futsal alongside education, Luke began to thrive.
Speaking on his first experience at the Foundation, Luke said:
“When I got here I was quite shy and didn’t know anyone so in the first few weeks the coaches helped me, and made me come out of my shell. They also found the position that is right for me which is goalkeeper and I ended up playing in that position for two years”.
After graduating in April 2016, Luke then moved on to the Foundation’s Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development, a move that helped him think about progressing into coaching:
“The Foundation Degree helped me think about coaching. It helps you get your UEAFA C licence coaching badge, and if you are good enough your B licence. It is a 2-year programme with a third year top up depending on how far you intend on going with your coaching development”.
Whilst at the foundation, Luke has also branched out and helped through numerous volunteering roles. Luke Spoke about his different experiences from volunteering:
“I helped out with running Match Day Packages at Cardiff City Stadium that include organising teams to play on the pitch at half time and birthday parties. I also volunteered to help the Foundation during the Cardiff Half Marathon and it’s Soccer Schools during the school holiday. Then, last year I branched out slightly more into recruitment work”.
After such an impressive development and successful realisation of potential through the Foundation, Luke recognised the pivotal role staff had played. He lauded praise on their ability to deal with all manner of students saying:
“The staff are friendly, and get to know you on a personal level to help bring out the best in you. They make sure you push to achieve your goals without being too militant”.
Following the completion of his degree, Luke hopes to land a full-time coaching role at Cardiff City FC Foundation.