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Options Academy students complete first year

Posted by Tottenham Hotspur on 22 August 2013  - 07:11

The first cohort of students from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Options Academy programme were recognised at White Hart Lane recently after successfully completing the first year of their course.

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Supported by CMG, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Options Academy is a sports and education based programme for people with learning disabilities and/or mental health conditions.

The programme aims to develop nine candidates each year into qualified and skilled sports leaders, with participants attending National Governing Body sports qualifications courses such as the FA’s Level One in Football Coaching.

The education element of the programme aims to train candidates in health and wellbeing, sports coaching & development and employment & volunteering.

The classroom-based learning is then put into practice with students going on to develop sports programmes and activities within the local community and within CMG services across England and South Wales.

This year’s graduates were treated to a behind the scenes tour before being presented with their course certificates pitch side.

The group will now continue onto year two of the programme where they will utilise their new skills and look to gain further knowledge around sports development and coaching qualifications in a range of sports, while two students and CMG service users, Stephen Adamson and Mark Bates, have been identified for mentoring into employment with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation or similar partner organisations.

CMG is a provider of supported living, residential and outreach services that gives specialist support to over 600 children and adults with learning and physical disabilities, mental health needs, sensory and communication impairments and associated complex needs.

Dan Slaughter, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation’s Inclusion Development Officer, said: “All our first year students have achieved so much since joining the course back in October last year. We have been able to see a vast improvement in each one of them from improved confidence to gaining new skills and knowledge, including going out into the local community and delivering multi-sport sessions.”

Michael Fullerton, Director of Quality and Clinical Care at CMG, said: “Our service users have made fantastic progress with the Options Academy – it’s been truly inspirational to see how they’ve developed.  We’re pleased to be extending it to a two year course and are looking forward to welcoming the next intake of first years to the programme.

“Initiatives like this, which promote healthy lifestyles and equip the people we support with the skills to play a full and active role in society, are really important to us at CMG.  We’re delighted that the CMG ‘Class of 2013’ did so well at the Options Academy.  They have been empowered to lead coaching sessions in our services across the country, so that many more will benefit.”

A further 10 students will now be given the opportunity to enrol on the year two programme starting in October 2013.

To apply, please contact Dan Slaughter on 020 8365 5046 or dan.slaughter@tottenhamhotspur.com

For more information about the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation visit: tottenhamhotspur.com/foundation

For more information about CMG visit: http://www.cmg.co.uk/