Date of release: Thursday, April 20, 2017

CACTTaking sport to communities is the idea behind a new foundation degree run in partnership between the University of Greenwich and Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT).

The two-year course is aimed at people with a passion for sport, as participants or coaches, who wish to pursue a career in community sport. The programme could also be of keen interest to students with a background of working with young people.

Starting in September, Greenwich experts will lead the new programme with specialist support from CACT staff.

Dr Linda Burke, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Education & Health at the university, says: "This foundation degree will provide students with excellent prospects for a future career with pathways into education and community sport.

"We have an excellent relationship with both Charlton Athletic Community Trust and the football club. Our partnership means students benefit from work placements, Higher Apprenticeships and a joint schools project."

There will be opportunities for a variety of different placement experiences with CACT. Work-based placements will give students a full understanding of the working within a professional environment, as well as helping to gain important employability skills.

Dr Alan Sanders, Director of Health and Education at CACT, adds: "This a unique opportunity for those who wish to gain a higher education qualification suitable for working in a community sports organisation.

"In addition, at the end of the two year course, students may wish to transfer onto the final year of the university's BA (QTS) in Physical Education that would be suitable for a career in teaching."

For more on study opportunities in the university's Faculty of Education & Health: http://www.gre.ac.uk/eduhea/study/programmes