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LCAES learners score in Thomond Park
08/12/2010 00:00:00

A partnership initiative involving LCAES, FAS and the FAI saw a total of 16 learners receive certification in Thomond Park recently.

24 learners completed the FAS FAI Soccer Skills Course in July 2010 and 16 of these were presented with full FETAC Level 5 Certificates in Sport and Recreation at a graduation ceremony on 24th November. Four other learners will receive full awards in Jan 2011, and in addition some have achieved ITEC certification, an industry recognised standard for those wanting to work as fitness instructors.   Speaking at the event Mary Hamilton congratulated the young men involved and said ‘this level of achievement in the course of one year is really significant and something to be really proud of for learners, tutors and course organisers alike’.

LCAES have been involved in the delivery of learning on the FAS/FAI Soccer Skills course since the programme was established in Limerick in Sept 2009. Other partners include An Garda Siochana  and Limerick Regeneration Agencies.  The course is based in St. Enda's Community School, Young Munster Rugby Club and Pike Rovers. UpSkill Solutions provided tuition in the areas of Communications, Work Experience, IT, Health Related Fitness, Sport & Recreation and Exercise & Fitness, with tutors focusing on and integrating the sport and educational aspects of the programme. Gym work, soccer coaching and regular matches also featured throughout the programme, with learners participating in Kick Start 1 and 2 courses, the first steps on the way to becoming a qualified coach.

Programmes such as this are run by the FAI all around the country with 144 people participating last year. Of this, 98 achieved Level 5 Awards, 8 received Level 4 awards and Diplomas in Gym Instruction were achieved by 108 learners.  UpSkill is currently involved in the delivery of a second similar programme with FAS FAI. This began in October 2010 with 25 new participants.

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