Hull FC's new education centre impresses Adam Pearson and Alan Johnson
HULL FC owner Adam Pearson has taken a tour of his club's new education centre.
The club owner was joined by Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson at the FC Learning Centre in Pickering Road, west Hull, yesterday.
The Black and Whites' project, linking education and sport, opened its doors in January this year.
It works with the Hull FC Community Foundation and Hull Training to deliver free programmes for teenagers who are out of school, training or employment.
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Its first course is currently under way and is a huge success.
Mr Pearson, 48, said: "It's a brilliant course that's about putting people not only back into education, but into work. "When you can mix in sport with a course like this, it's great.
"There are almost 30 guys at the centre who were stuck in life and trapped at home.
"Hopefully, we've given them the opportunity to get a work placement and get into that sort of world."
The learning facility works with 28 unemployed youngsters every day.
It offers a Foundation Learning in Sport course for 16 to 18-year-olds, which is run at the KC Stadium and the club's training and youth facilities across the city.
The course combines sport and coaching qualifications with functional skills and enterprise. It also aims to help raise employment levels in the city.
Mr Pearson and Mr Johnson met some of the young people involved with the scheme during yesterday's tour.
Speaking at the centre, Mr Johnson said: "What you get from talking to these youngsters is a palpable sense they are getting another chance and they intend to use it.
"Clubs like Hull FC have done a brilliant job out in the community and I applaud them for that."
Mr Johnson is also part of a new trustee board for the Hull FC Community Foundation – a charity that works with more than 40,000 people in the Humber region every year.
The FC Learning Centre has proved popular with Hull teenagers.
Luke Swann, 18, of Eastfield Road, west Hull, said: "I've been a fan of the club for years and I was out of work, so I jumped at the chance to take the course.
"We've done a real mix of qualifications, but I've really enjoyed the coaching and fitness sides of it.
"I've had the chance to use what I've learned to help coach an adults disability group, which has been great."
Teenagers enrolled on the scheme are also offered work placements with local firms, including KC, P&O Ferries and Riverside Volvo.
The next course for 16 to 18-year-olds is due to start in April.
Call 01482 327200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for a place or for further information.