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Rugby stars go back to school to mentor vocational students

Rugby stars go back to school to mentor vocational students

Top rugby players will help students in danger of disengaging with education achieve their full potential in a new pioneering sports programme.

Glasgow Warriors stars, including former captain Al Kellock, will train a group of youngsters at Newlands Junior College (NJC) as part of a new course in Sports and Recreation.

Each year NJC recruits 30 students, aged 14-16, from local secondary schools, who find the current education system does not suit their learning style or goals.

Students selected for the new sports programme will not only tackle fitness and training routines, but also employment opportunities and the hands-on operation of a leisure centre.

Part of a partnership between the Warriors, NJC and City of Glasgow College, the new course will be offered to a group of students each rugby season, and will run across the academic year.

The hope is that students will emerge with a National 5 in Sports and Recreation, a stepping stone to a career in the field, an apprenticeship or further education at City of Glasgow College.

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This season Glasgow Warriors will defend their Guinness Pro12 title and will also be competing in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Scottish Rugby ambassador Al Kellock not only looks forward to assisting with coaching, but hopes to show students how rugby "values can help benefit them".

He said: "We’re very excited about entering into this partnership with Newland's Junior College, which gives us an opportunity to work closely with these young people on our doorstep.

"It’s an exceptional programme and a fantastic concept, which ties in closely with our Game On project, which helps young people progress into positive pathways."

Set up by Jim McColl in 2014, NJC delivers a new form of education.

In addition to academic subjects, this includes vocational and motivational training with sports, nutrition and outdoor activities.

McColl said: "Newlands Junior College has entered into a unique partnership between education and sport which will be extremely rewarding for our pupils.

"Getting the chance to work alongside players from Glasgow Warriors will be a fantastic experience, helping to promote the benefits of health, fitness and training.

"We’re incredibly grateful to the club for getting involved and we look forward to developing the course with the aim of creating an SQA accredited equalisation.

"Partnerships such as these present many fantastic opportunities for pupils of Newlands Junior College, aligning well with the ethos behind the college.”

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