New College Lanarkshire has reopened applications for its HNC soccer academy coaching programme, in partnership with Rangers Football Club.
The initiative, which launched in August last year, gives students the knowledge and skills they need to work as professionals within football or the wider discipline of sports development and coaching.
The programme will also pave the way for further study at HND or degree level.
It proved hugely popular in its first year, with 20 students taking their places on this year’s programme, based at Broadwood stadium in Cumbernauld.
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Since it began, the students have been on work placements within the Rangers soccer academy, shadowing the club’s coaching staff, joining monthly coach development webinars with key staff members and enjoying access to the Rangers online academy.
The HNC also includes an embedded, stand alone, industry-recognised professional development award in sports coaching at SCQF level seven.
This is jointly certificated by SportScotland and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).
Todd Lumsden, curriculum and quality leader for sport and fitness at New College Lanarkshire said: “When we launched the programme we knew it would be very popular, so I am delighted to be able to offer it again for a second year and would advise anyone interested to apply early as we expect huge demand again.