Foundation Studies’ first football team scores place in national championships

Introduced this year as a part of the Foundation Studies curriculum at Truro and Penwith College, the Ability Counts Football Academy has gone from strength to strength, ending with the team qualifying for the ECFA National Championships.

The students playing in the football match

The Academy has been created for Foundation Studies students at the College who have additional learning and support needs, in order to meet some of the aspirations of the students in the department. As part of the academy, students are able to participate in regular training sessions led by head coach Robin Philp and take part in competitive matches.

The sessions embed some of the core values, skills and qualities that students require as part of their preparation for adulthood including sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork and communication as well as developing motor skills and health and wellbeing.

The students have enjoyed the experience this year, developing skills and forming a team at the College. Their on-field performances have been fantastic and their success is set to continue as they will be taking part in the ECFA National Championships in July, which will be hosted at the FA’s National Football Centre at St George’s Park. This exciting opportunity will allow the students to play on the same indoor 4G pitch used by their heroes in the England football team, an exciting prospect for any football fan.

Deputy Team Leader, Steve Kenward, said: “I am really proud of the students this year in what they have achieved within their inaugural season. This is the start of something fantastic at the College and provides further opportunity for students to compete at the highest level in the future. Well done to all individuals.”