Page added on February 18, 2013
Local people are being given the opportunity to train to become qualified football stewards, free of charge, by Leicester-based organisation, The Achievement Project, and the Leicestershire and Rutland County Football Association.
The Achievement project, which focuses on providing education and qualifications to people of all ages is running a free NVQ Level 2 in Spectator Safety for anybody aged 19 and over who may be looking for a career change or the chance to earn extra money. Those enrolling on the course will have the opportunity to gain an industry recognised qualification and the chance to become employed as a steward by the FA for a number of matches at the organisation’s Holmes Park Headquarters.
The qualification also allows recipients to work at any football ground or sports event, as well as music festivals, carnivals and other public events. Through the Achievement Project, the course is free for those aged between 19 and 23 without a full Level 2 qualification (the equivalent of 5 GCSE’s graded between A and C), whilst it costs just £50 for anybody else aged 19 and over, meaning a saving of over £600 on the usual cost of the qualification. As part of the course, those taking part will also receive the Emergency First Aid at Work.
The course takes place on March 2nd, 3rd and 9th between 9am and 5pm at Holmes Park, with four further observations taking place during matches at the FA venue. Sally Davis, Achievement Project Manager, said: “This course is a great opportunity for people who don’t necessarily have many qualifications to gain a recognised NVQ level 2, which in turn will open the door to a whole range of employment opportunities; including guaranteed work with the County FA at Holmes Park. This is another example of how the Achievement Project is trying to create better opportunities for City and County residents to gain qualifications and help them into employment.”
The Leicester-based Achievement Project provides a varied programme of highly subsidised training courses, as well as volunteering, mentoring and employment opportunities within sport and physical activity. The project runs over 40 courses which cover leadership and specific sports, as well as coaching essentials such as first aid and child protection. The courses focus on employability, functional skills and Entry Level and BTEC qualifications.