Bolton Wanderers conclude Dubai programme on a successful note

Bolton Wanderers FC (BWFC) — the latest English Premier League soccer outfit to step into the grassroot scene in the UAE, announced that its BTEC qualification, a world class qualification provided by Pearson Edexcel, will be a permanent fixture in the Premier League Skills Programme here.

By Moni Mathews

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Published: Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:05 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:45 AM

The initiative is already taught in 30 countries globally.

This was announced after the English soccer outfit successfully concluded a programme in Dubai recently.

The programme, run jointly with E-Sports, covered soccer coaching techniques, developing mentor skills, working with young people, project management and how to run community development projects. On the final day, the trainee coaches demonstrated the learning to a younger group of students who mingled with BWFC coaches at the graduation ceremony.James Tucker, Director of Education, Bolton Wanderers Football Club (BWFC) said: “Viewed from a larger picture, this distinguished first-of-its-kind programme in the world was aimed at testing if a BTEC qualification could be added permanently to the sessions here.”

Successful trainees and officials of the programme following the award ceremony. — Supplied photo

Tucker said the BWFC is working on a number of projects with GEMS Education, E-Sports and their partners as part of a number of ‘Education through Sport’ initiatives. Tucker said 39 students successfully gained their Pearson BTEC Premier Skills Community Coaching Award. A total number of 42 students attended the programme. The graduation ceremony at GEMS World Academy, Dubai, in which students received their Pearson BTEC qualifications, was attended by Phil Gartside, BWFC Chairman, Mark Andrews, Regional Director, Pearson Edexcel, Gordon Slaven, Director, British Council-UAE, Ian Gibbons, Deputy Consul General & Director, UK Trade & Investment, Clark Francis, CEO and Founder, E-Sports, Gareth Mordey, General Manager, E-sports and James Tucker, Director of Education, BWFC.

The programme generated a huge response in the UAE, a demonstration of the acute need for community coaching and leadership development through soccer in particular and sports in general.

Paul Makinson, BWFC Head Coach, added that the best of Premier League coaching materials were used in this week and he was confident this programme would make a difference to the way soccer is perceived in the UAE and the wider GCC region, a media communiqué stated. “Adding a Pearson BTEC qualification to this global programme that combines practical sessions with classroom workshops is definitely a move in the right direction,” he continued.

BTEC qualifications are endorsed by the United Kingdom’s largest accreditation body, Pearson Edexcel, and are recognised around the world as highly respected qualifications that combine theoretical knowledge with the modern workplace skills required by employers.

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