Accross College and Stanley Trust Agree Six Figure Education Contract

Accrington and Rossendale College are stepping up to support Accrington Stanley Community Trust to deliver education courses by agreeing a six figure education contract.

The BTEC in Sport courses will be funded by the college thanks to government grants and will be delivered by Accrington Stanley Community Trust. The qualification will be equivalent to three A-levels, combining an educational course with football.

Accrington Stanley Community Trust have been delivering BTEC courses for seven years alongside a provider outside the town and will this week be signing an agreement to work in partnership with Accrington and Rossendale College, to bring it local.

Martin Fearon, Chief Executive Officer of Accrington Stanley Community Trust, commented:

“We have been working with education providers outside of Accrington historically, but we think it’s hugely important to work in collaboration with local organisations in #AmazingAccrington. This will very much be a combined effort and it’s a partnership that we are hoping will grow bigger and bigger. We are incredibly grateful to Accrington and Rossendale College for their support with this venture!” 

Steven Buckley, Head of Division at Accrington and Rossendale College, commented:

“We are hoping this course will appeal to those who may be interested in a sports career but aren’t sure which route to take in order to achieve that. It’s going to be a wonderful working relationship that the college forge and maintain with Accrington Stanley and we are excited about the future prospects this will bring to our students.”

Charlotte Scheffmann, Assistant Principal at Accrington and Rossendale College, commented:

“Accrington and Rossendale College prides itself on building community connections and creating ongoing relationships with other organisations in #AmazingAccrington. Accrington Stanley Community Trust is a charitable organisation and we want to do what we can to support them. It’s a two-way working relationship which will benefit both the college and the trust.”

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