Arsenal launches football foundation degree

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Alan Smith at the Foundation Degree launch

Arsenal Football Club has joined forces with City & Islington College and London Metropolitan University to offer a football and coaching foundation degree. The course was launched at Emirates Stadium on Monday 29th March and was attended by Arsenal Legend, Alan Smith with an address by Arsenal's Chief Executive Officer, Ivan Gazidis.

Football and Community Sports Coaching with Arsenal Football Club is a two year programme which will enable students to learn the key elements of community sports coaching with a particular focus on football.

It also gives students a direct entry path into university, with the opportunity to enter the final year of an Honours Degree in Sports Science and Coaching at London Metropolitan University.

Many of those who complete the course will go on to work in the ever-expanding sports coaching industry and perhaps even work with Arsenal football Club.

Alan Sefton, Head of Arsenal in the Community said: "This partnership is testament to how Arsenal in the Community continues to expand its offering to young people. It provides an opportunity to gain hands on, practical experience for those with a real interest in sports coaching who wish to study at a higher level."

Asa Sanderson, Course Manager, added: "This is a fantastic opportunity for students who have a passion for sport and harbour ambitions of having a career in coaching."

"We are delighted to forge strong links through this degree with Arsenal. Having such a world famous football club on board means our students can benefit from some world-class coaching and input."

Frank McLoughlin, Principal of City & Islington College, commented: "Collaborating with Arsenal on this exciting new course is a real coup for the college. We are thrilled to be working with such a high profile sporting name and it's a major boost for everyone involved."

Arsenal in The Community was established in 1985 and was one of the first of its kind in professional football. It is committed to offering a range of sporting, social inclusion, educational and charitable projects, to the local and wider community.

Arsenal Football Club recognised its ability to contribute to education and training over two decades ago when the Club adopted a Government scheme aimed at engaging young people through sport. These initiatives are still going strong today with the Arsenal Entry 2 Employment programme and the BTEC traineeship.

Taster sessions will be coordinated at London Metropolitan University on 28th June and 8th July 2010.

The course has start dates in both February and September 2010. For more information or to apply:

30 Mar 2010