Two of the biggest Premiership football clubs in England, Manchester City and Everton, have selected two gifted and aspiring football coaches from Cheshire College – South & West to help lead their developing academies.
Students, Joe Fitzpatrick and Jack Tidd, both from Ellesmere Port, have been working at the clubs to develop their skills whilst studying their two-year foundation degree in sports coaching.
Joe, currently working as a coach at Manchester City Football Club said: “I’m so grateful to the college for this opportunity.
“Manchester City is a highly successful club, to have this exposure into the coaching and football world, as well as the level of experience gained from working at a Premier League Club, is incredible. I’m absolutely loving it.”
When he finishes his foundation degree, he will be looking to complete a final third year at the University of Chester whilst continuing to work at the club.
The foundation degree in sports coaching is delivered in partnership with the University of Chester, and is accredited by the university, with the first two years being taught at Cheshire College – South & West.
Jason Doggett, sports teacher and football academy co-ordinator at Cheshire College – South & West commented: “We’ve been particularly impressed with Joe and Jack’s dedication and commitment to the course, and the sport.
“They have really paid attention to work and been willing to step out of their comfort zone to fully embrace their learning experience, which is set to help them tremendously in their careers.
“To have secured placements at two of the country’s biggest clubs with the support of the college has been unreal and I know they really value the experience they are gaining.”
The pair have established themselves as development centre coaches, coaching gifted and talented young footballers in the hope that they will progress to academy level football.
Joe and Jacks’ role is to encourage the youngsters and help them to improve, ready for professional level football.
Jason added: “Their success highlights the value in the college’s football academy programme, which enables students to develop their skills and knowledge to give them the best chance at progressing within an elite environment.”
Jack, who is coaching at Everton Football Club, commented: “Working at Everton is great. I’m working with professionals every week and gaining the experience I need to further my career.
“I already feel more confident in my coaching ability and am really enjoying the work and the experience.”