Preston North End Community and Education Trust [PNECET] is celebrating its partnership with Preston College and its collaborative Preston Centre of Sporting Excellence further education programme at this weekend’s game against Hull City.
The Preston Centre of Sporting Excellence offers various high-quality, technical education programmes in sport for 16 to 19-year-olds in Preston and the programme has seen more than 100 new learners enrol on a course for this September.
The programme allows learners to study multiple sporting disciplines and undertake unique work experience opportunities with both PNECET and Preston College, providing learners with valuable routes to finding employment in ten sports industry.
Learners also represent both PNECET and Preston College in competitive football fixtures – with the programme comprising four football teams across all students – against other professional clubs in national sports leagues.
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Competitions include the EFL Community and Education Football Alliance League, in which the Preston Centre of Sporting Excellence had both men’s and women’s teams crowned as champions in the 2020/21 season.
As part of this weekend’s celebrations, PNECET is inviting all learners either currently enrolled on one of the Centre of Sporting Excellence’s programmes, or who have accepted an offer to enrol on a course this September, to the Hull City game – with more than 140 young people invited altogether.
Fans can find more out more about the Centre of Sporting Excellence in the fan zone before the game with an information stall set to be housed under the PNECET gazebo in the fan zone before the game, where staff members will be on-site to assist with supporters’ enquiries.
Staff of Preston College and PNECET will also be present for the fixture and an official presentation will take place on the pitch at 2.45pm to commemorate the ever-growing and successful partnership between the two organisations.
We will also be shining a light on some of our students’ success stories from the programme and the activities of those who work on matchday to support PNECET’s matchday activations, such as family activities in the fan zone and the half-time penalty shoot outs.
Preston Centre of Sporting Excellence Curriculum Leader Jodi Collum said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating our exciting partnership with the Preston Centre of Sporting Excellence at the Hull City game where we hope to make more of younger supporters aware of the fantastic education opportunities that we can provide.
“Our programmes provide learners with unique opportunities both in and outside of their day-to-day curriculum and in both a classroom and on-pitch setting to support them with their development no matter which sporting avenue they wish to explore in their career.
“It will be fantastic to see many of our learners in attendance on the day, whether they have been invited as a current or new learner, or as one of those making a valuable contribution in a working capacity to support PNECET’s matchday activities for our supporters.
“We hope that we can welcome some of our supporters who are seeking their next education option on to one of the Preston Centre of Sporting Excellence’s education courses this September as a result of our dedicated further education matchday.”
Learners can express an interest in enrolling with the Preston Centre of Sporting Excellence by visiting pne.com/newstudent and completing an online application. Email enquiries can also be sent to email@example.com to set-up an introductory meeting.