Young people across Sheffield are set to benefit from a new education partnership launched by two of the city’s leading institutions.

Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (SWFC) Community Programme and The Sheffield College have signed an agreement to deliver sports qualifications.

The partnership aims to address future workforce skills needs for the sport and leisure industry. More than 200 young people from across Sheffield are set to benefit from the full-time programme, which starts this September.

Students will undertake their studies at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium and the College to provide a close insight into the professional world of sport. In addition, they will develop the skills required to work in the industry or progress to university.

Both Sheffield Wednesday and College staff will deliver the curriculum and help to develop work placement opportunities with the Club, its sponsors and other employers in the city.

Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “Sheffield has an outstanding international reputation for a wide range of sports and Sheffield Wednesday are a club with a proud history, known throughout the world. We are delighted to provide an innovative pathway within the city that supports the growth of home-grown talent by working with the SWFC Community Programme.”

He added: “This exciting new opportunity will provide young people with the vocational skills and qualifications they need to work in the sports and leisure industries, or to go on to degree level studies at college or university.”

Spencer Taylor, CSR Manager, SWFC Community Programme, said: “We’re delighted to announce a partnership with The Sheffield College. Both organisations pride themselves in delivering an education of the highest quality, in a wide variety of courses, and this partnership will only enhance the great work that is already being done.”

He added: “It’s brilliant for the city that two of its great institutions have come together with the aim of providing youngsters with the tools they need to go onto further education and work. This is an invaluable and very exciting project.”

Aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds, who have the potential for a professional career in football, the programme is also suitable for those who want the skills and qualifications to get into the business and coaching side of the sport and leisure industry.

Students will complete recognised vocational qualifications; the BTEC Diploma in Sport at Level 2 and the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Level 3, which is equivalent to A Levels.

On successful completion of their courses they will be able to progress on to an apprenticeship or the next level course at the Club, college or university.

About The Sheffield College

• The Sheffield College is a further education college that provides full-time and part-time academic, vocational and professional courses to approximately 16,000 young people and adults every year. It has a £321 million economic impact on the city annually.

• The College offers a broad range of qualifications including apprenticeships, vocational diplomas, A Levels, access courses, and foundation and honours degrees, and has four main campuses: City, Hillsborough, Olive Grove and Peaks. Visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk. Call 0114 2602600. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

About Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (SWFC) Community Programme

• The Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Programme is the football club’s charitable arm, established to support the development of cohesive communities around South Yorkshire.

• The programme also seeks to increase engagement, training provision and support amongst its residents working across four key themes: education, participation, social inclusion and health and wellbeing. Visit https://swfccp.co.uk/