Classroom Learners

WHY STUDYING WITH US IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU

9th June 2015

Are you looking to further your education whilst combining your studies with a sport or a vocational qualification?

 

Cardiff City FC Foundation offers the ideal solution through its many Btec Level 2 and 3 qualifications, pairing education with Futsal, Basketball, Boxing, Dance, or Netball; alternatively, why not pair your studies with a Media or Hospitality course?

 

Studying with The Foundation couldn’t be more fun! Whilst your primary base will be at the state-of-the-art House of Sport facility, having Cardiff City Stadium within a stones-throw away truly is a statement of the first class professional sporting environment in which you will be immersed.

 

Entry to our Btec Levels 2 and 3 courses requires four GCSEs graded at A* to C. Whilst Futsal remains our flagship offering and competing in the Soccer AM Cup and top futsal leagues in the UK are annual achievements thus far, we are pairing up with the Joe Calzaghe Academy, Debbie Chapman School of Dance and Welsh Netball for boxing, dance and netball respectively.

 

Many of our former pupils have used the qualifications they have gained with Cardiff City FC Foundation to progress onto university and/or employment – some even being awarded scholarships in the USA. The opportunities are endless and we can help you to achieve your dreams!

 

If studying with the Foundation is something you are interested in finding out more about, contact education.sport@cardiffcityfc.org.uk

 

Read about some of our pupils’ experiences, past and present, below:

 

LEE PRICE

 

Lee Price2

 

I have attended one of Cardiff City FC Foundation’s education programmes for the past two years, being involved in some great experiences with their futsal setup. I recently completed my BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and have worked hard to achieve DMM.

 

I found out about this course through the staff at the Academy setup whilst I was previously playing football there.

 

With regards to the physical aspect of the futsal course, we have won both our leagues over the two years I have been involved and were also contenders for the National Cup at the end of the year. We had a great experience whilst competing in the Soccer AM Cup too, as it was a great chance to play in an intense environment.

 

We train three days a week and also play a game every other week in Birmingham Futsal Arena. The training is of a high tempo with our coaches showing and teaching us new skills and techniques for the game through their own experiences, which helps massively!

 

I’ve now earned myself a scholarship in the USA, leaving for Dallas in August 2015 to continue my studies and play 11-a-side football.

 

I truly believe that if I didn’t attend this course with Cardiff City FC Foundation, I wouldn’t have had this exciting new; it has given me a great start for my future, not only through education, but also through my football/futsal experience.

 


 

SHANELLE EDWARDS

 

Shanele

 

From a young age, I always had a passion for football. At the age of 8, I had my first contact with Cardiff City FC through their soccer schools. Although at the time, there weren’t many girls attending the soccer schools, my experience there genuinely was life changing – it stimulated my hunger to want to become a footballer.

 

Through soccer schools I was invited to train at the Girls’ Development Centres, which then fed up to the Women’s First Team.

 

My main focus as a 16 year old was football, and only football. I was invited to attend an international camp, which changed my mentality to want to train and play as a professional. An opportunity arose with Cardiff City FC Foundation to join a new course, which combined my love for football with my studies.

 

Following my GCSE I joined a two-year futsal scholarship, where I trained for half of the day and focused on training for the other half. Within those two years I developed as a player more than ever, and represented Wales Womens Under 19’s as only a 17 year old.

 


 

 

BOBBY MCKENZIE-BLACK

 

Bobby Black

 

 

I am now 17 years old and have been working for Cardiff City FC Foundation part-time since the summer of 2014 – the coaches and staff have been fantastic in fuelling my ambition to work in sport, nurturing me from such a young age.

 

After studying and finishing my GCSEs with St.Cyres Comprehensive School, I moved onto The Foundation’s BTEC Level 3 in Sport. This allowed me to continue striving along an educational pathway while also allowing me to continually develop my skills as a practicing football coach. Along with educational and coaching needs the course also includes the chance to represent Cardiff City Futsal Team. Luckily, this season (being my first year on the course itself) we finished first and I won a winner’s medal after securing the FLT Futsal League 4 title.

The course itself is great and allows the students, as individuals, to develop different key skills both on and off the pitch. The course is structured really well, and has set such high standards to make sure each student achieves their potential to enable them to leave the course the following year with the maximum results. Hopefully once my course with the Community Foundation finishes I will be able to continue onto their three-year Foundation Degree in Coaching and Performance.

 

As a coach, I currently hold my C Licence (Youth/Senior), First Aid, Child Welfare and Football Leaders Award. As for the future, I am looking to secure my Futsal Level 1 soon.

 

I am very grateful for the opportunities I receive at Cardiff City FC Foundation, with great staff members, I am hoping to be there for many more years, to grow and develop as a coach.