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Pathfinder group's Carrington day out

  • 29 October 2009 15:47
  • Posted byTom Flower

Fifteen young people involved in CITC’s Pathfinder educational project have been given the once in a lifetime opportunity to have a behind the scenes tour of the club’s state of the art Carrington Training Centre.

City’s Assistant Manager Mark Bowen showed the young people, who all attend Two Trees Sports College in Denton, all aspects of the training ground including the gym, changing rooms, hydro-therapy pool, medical facilities and match analysis suite.

They also had the chance to meet many of the first team players and had their photo taken with Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland, Shay Given and Gareth Barry.

CITC boss Alex Williams said: “We are very grateful to the Manager and all the staff at Carrington for letting the young people have the chance to see behind the scenes.

“The Pathfinder programme is designed to raise young people aspirations and open their eyes to career opportunities in the leisure industries.

“Hopefully meeting some of the players and coaching staff will have inspired them to go on and make the most of opportunities that are presented to them in the future.”

Pathfinder is a partnership between Two Trees Sports College, Tameside Council, Tameside College and Manchester City Football Club that gives young people the chance to have weekly lessons at the City of Manchester Stadium.

Working alongside CITC staff they learn about the way a successful Premier League football is organised and about the different career opportunities available within football.

Among the MCFC staff the young people have met were the groundsmen, the sponsorship team, head of operations and members of the marketing and press department.

The scheme is funded by Tameside council and aims to encourage participants to stay in education beyond the age of 16. Since the project began in 2006, 45 young people have been involved in the scheme with all getting the opportunity to enrol at Tameside College.

For more information about the Pathfinder project and CITC’s other educational programmes please contact Mike Green on 0161 438 7711 or e-mail mike.green@mcfc.co.uk.

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