Widening Participation

Activities

Educated Pass works with local boys’ football teams. The programme is delivered over the course of six sessions throughout the year.

Session 1 – Coach’s Corner

This session aims to:

  • engage the coaches in Educated Pass
  • outline the purpose of the football and education initiative
  • outline the content of Educated Pass throughout the coming season
  • establish dates for sessions 2 and 3
  • answer any questions the coaches may have

Session 2 – Educated Pass

This session aims to:

  • engage the parents in Educated Pass
  • challenge the cultural perception that football and education are not compatible
  • present the statistics on becoming a professional footballer
  • illustrate the overlap in skills, attitude and commitment needed in the classroom and on the pitch
  • outline in detail typical academic progression from S2 to S6
  • illustrate educational opportunities at college or university (sport and non-sport related)
  • suggest alternative career opportunities within football and sport

Session 3 – De Toekomst

This session aims to:

  • present the statistics on becoming a professional footballer
  • illustrate the overlap in skills, attitude and commitment needed in the classroom and on the pitch
  • bring a credibility to education through the medium of football
  • challenge the cultural perception that football and education are not compatible
  • introduce the idea that academic achievement can open avenues to alternative careers in professional sport (other than player/athlete)

Session 4 – Football and Education

This session aims to:

  • show how the professional players union (SPFA) have acknowledged the importance of education to potential/current/former professional football players
  • illustrate the academic progression from S2 to S6 of a typical pupil
  • illustrate educational opportunities at college or university (sport and non-sport related)
  • suggest alternative career opportunities within football and sport
  • use current role model students and their experiences to further emphasize the benefit of education

Session 5 – On Campus

This session aims to:

  • familiarise the boys with the college/university experience
  • use current role model students to outline their experiences of student life
  • taster sessions in aspects of sport which can be studied in more depth at college and university
  • provide positive experiences which will generate academic aspirations

Session 6 – Hall of Fame

This session aims to:

  • further increase the credibility of education through the medium of football
  • identify role models from with the professional game who have achieved academic qualifications.
  • provide a positive and novel experience which will further strengthen the impact of the Educated Pass initiative
  • provide an evaluation opportunity of the boys and their coaches experiences of involvement in Educated Pass

Session 7 – Le Tournoi

This session aims to:

  • celebrate the boys' engagement in the Educated Pass initiative
  • motivate the boys for success in the coming year, both on the pitch and in the classroom
  • deliver the positive education message through a renowned and credible football guest speaker
  • re-emphasise the importance of their forthcoming Standard Grade years

Session 8 – Golden Goal

This session aims to:

  • provide a platform for 4 renowned and credible football guest speaker to outline their parallel successes in football and education
  • motivate the boys to continue their application as both athletes and learners
  • bring further credibility to education, through the medium of football, in an official setting

Contact

Dr Neil Speirs

Widening Participation Manager

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