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Dukeries Academy pupils become LA coaching stars

Five pupils to coach football in Los Angeles for four months following Football Academy course

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 05, 2016 | Sports & leisure

Five pupils from The Dukeries Academy in Northamptonshire will be jetting off to Los Angeles to coach football following a trailblazing course at the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) academy. 

The ‘Football Academy’ course is designed to give pupils at the academy a practical and theoretical qualification in coaching football. The course was introduced to the academy in September 2014 by Dave Stevens, ATT’s Director of Coach Education and is led by Keith Brown, lead tutor for football and coaching.

At the end of the two-year course pupils have achieved a suite of FA Coaching Badges to include FA level 1 and youth module level 1 coaching qualifications as well as a level 3 generic sports industry-specific vocational qualifications. 

During the course, pupils have been actively engaged in coaching younger pupils both in and out of lessons and have run regular football clubs after school. This has meant planning, organising and then delivering a series of sessions that will allow the youngsters to progress and improve their football skills. 

In March, five pupils applied to the UK International Soccer programme to coach the sport in America and following an interview which also involved planning and carrying out a coaching session, all five were successful.

Students Jordan Roberts, Kavan Jacques, Dean Rodgers, Teddy Ecott, and Josh Musgrove were all offered formal contracts to coach football in the USA for approximately four months from July. 

Dave Stevens said: “This is just an incredible opportunity and one we have no doubt the lads will relish and enjoy.  It is amazing to think that in a few months some of our Football Academy pupils will be coaching football in the USA this summer.”

Ian Barton, Principal, also commented: “At The Dukeries Academy we always aim to nurture pupils’ strengths and to provide them with unique experiences to apply their learning in the real world. 

“We are incredibly pleased that the Football Academy is such a great success and we are incredibly proud of the pupils who have been chosen to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.”

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