Global Job Opportunities Await Derry Youngsters
A new initiative launching in Derry in September 2018 will open a gateway of future opportunities around the world for sixth form students with a passion for sport.
St Cecilia’s College & St Columb’s College have teamed up with Liverpool based organisation LLS and local sports coaching provider Skill School NI; together they will offer males and females aged 16-19 the chance to gain Level 3 Sports Coaching and Fitness qualifications (equivalent of 3 A Levels) alongside weekly work experience with primary school children in the community.
Now in its 10th year, LLS specialise in the delivery of Post 16 education which enriches the CVs of young people, developing their network of contacts, gaining university placements and introducing them to jobs in countries including the USA, Canada, Sri Lanka, Qatar & Australia as well as the UK and Ireland.
Following a successful track record in Belfast and Lurgan, St Cecilia’s and St Columb’s knew this programme could change the lives of Derry students so when the opportunity presented itself, they wanted to be the first to host the award-winning programme.
“We are delighted to work within this partnership to deliver the innovative Level 3 Sports’ Coaching and Fitness qualifications. The students will experience a seamless blend of theory and practice and have numerous opportunities to develop their coaching skills in their weekly placement sessions in local primary schools or in the community. Students will then have the option to continue their study at university or to take up coaching jobs all over the world!” (Mrs Martine Mulhern, St Cecilias College Principal)
Mr Thomas Bradley, St Columbs College Vice Principal added, “We have been very impressed by the professionalism and commitment of the staff involved with this programme and we believe this qualification will meet the needs of a number of our pupils. The fact that Universities recognise the qualification for a number of their courses was a major consideration in our decision to embark on the project. Also, the co-educational opportunities provided by collaborating with St Cecilia’s College in this sporting venture will be of great benefit to both schools.”
Nineteen-year-old Bradley Ogilby (pictured) graduated from the LLS Belfast programme in the summer of 2017 and is currently half way through a 2-year coaching role in Sri Lanka.
Bradley says: The course changed my life and I know it will do the same for students in Derry. When I was 16 I loved Rugby and Gaelic football but never dreamed I would be able to make a career out of sport. Throughout sixth form I focused on my studies and committed myself to being a role model to children. Thanks to the LLS network of employers, myself and three other students, were rewarded with teaching and coaching roles in Colombo.
There are still a few places available on this innovative sports course and people who are interested can contact LLS to book an information meeting by email: YourFuture@LLSonline.uk or telephone: 0151 294 3229.