Football's Coming Home

East Durham College has joined forces with Hartlepool United Football Club to create a new ladies team, coached by the only female football player to reach 100 caps for England.

East Durham College has collaborated with HUFC to not only create a ladies football team for 16-year-olds and over, but also to run Level 2 and Level 3 Sports BTEC qualifications from Victoria Park.

Gillian Coultard, who has been capped for England 119 times, will work with college staff and HUFC to decide who will be on the over-16’s ladies football team as well as help students at the College achieve academic grades off the pitch.            

Gillian, the female football development centre coach at East Durham College, said: “To link up with HUFC is a fantastic opportunity for the college as it gives students the chance to learn whilst enjoying their favourite sport. My playing days are now over but I am thrilled to give students the support they need to gain their sport qualifications and I’m proud to be in a position to coach the new HUFC ladies team.” 

The BTEC Sports Qualifications that will be held at HUFC involve subjects on The Body in Action, Health, Safety & Injury in Sport, Training & Fitness, Sports Nutrition and students may even be entitled to earn £30 a week for full attendance.

Ian Prescott, Principal and Chief Executive of East Durham College, said: “These exciting new courses based at HUFC combine the College’s reputation for educational excellence with Hartlepool’s fantastic facilities, providing students with the ideal environment where they can achieve the best academic grades they are capable of.”            

The BTEC Sports Qualifications will begin in September 2008 and the HUFC ladies team trials will be held at the college’s Howletch Campus from 6.30-8pm on 20 May, 15 July, 19 August and 26 August.