Grow the Game Initiative for Foundation Learners at East Durham College

East Durham College Launches ‘Grow the Game’ Football Initiative for Foundation Learners

Thu, 2017-10-19 08:59

Young people with a range of disabilities and special educational needs from across the North East are being given new opportunities to succeed through football thanks to £3000 of funding awarded to East Durham College.

The College, which is based in both Peterlee and Durham, received the funds from the Football Foundation as part of the ‘Grow the Game’ initiative.

The programme, which launched in September 2017, is open to all Level 1 and Level 2 Foundation Studies students at East Durham College. The college actively encourages all its students to take part in sporting activities and this new funding helps to offer more opportunities to students with disabilities and special educational needs.

As part of the programme, students can take part in football training taught by professional coaches, and compete in matches against other teams from across the North East.

Since launching the new scheme, East Durham College has organised eight Bonding Festivals to help students make new friends and become more confident, and also hosted two competitions with trophies awarded to the winners.

Leanne Tinkler, head of East Durham College’s gym, Impact Health and Fitness, organised the programme. She said: “Through the ‘Grow the Game funding we have been able to give our foundation learners the opportunity to take part and compete against other colleges/organisations, which is fantastic to see.

“This was highly rewarding for the students as they were able to work as a team and communicate effectively to outwit opponents. Already the students have made friends between our two campuses.”

If you would like to take part in the scheme or nominate a student of the college to take part, please contact the college directly on 0191 518 2000 or email for more information.

You can also follow East Durham College - Foundation Learning and Derwent Provision on Facebook for more information on the range of opportunities we offer for foundation learners.