The BCoT & Crystal Palace Football Academy began their build up to the League Cup Final with an interactive visit to Selhurst Park. The visit was hosted by Crystal Palace Foundation Development Manager Rob Perrett and gave the opportunity for the students to get a tour of the facilities and an insight to the match day preparation undertaken by first team players at the club. On the day, players were given exclusive access to the stadium including the changing facilities, media centre hospitality boxes and pitch side to experience the facilities used by senior first team players on match days. Students were able to take part in a mock press conference whereby they had the opportunity to grill their coaches on the season’s events so far, as well as access to the medical centre and warm up area in the changing rooms to see how players prepare on match day. The trip fuelled excitement for BCoT’s fixture at Selhurst Park against Harris South Norwood Academy on Wednesday 24th May.
Following the stadium tour, the squad set off to one of the Academy training facilities to train with Crystal Palace Academy coaches Michael Cleary & Stuart Jacob in preparation for their upcoming fixture against South Downs. The players focused on a technical based warm up before working on a session focussing on midfield rotation in a game based scenario; particularly to work on the rotational movement of central players to create space. It was an insightful experience for both players and coaches alike to work with coaches with experience of developing Premier League talent.
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Rowing legend and Guinness World Record holder, Emily Blagden, had BCoT Sport and Public Services students pulling together at a motivational talk arranged by BCoT sports lecturers last week.
Emily and her crew of three other women took part in the Great Pacific Race 2014 - rowing across the Pacific. The physical and mental challenge of rowing the 2,400 mile was made more difficult by the dangerous currents, a hurricane and a tropical storm – the boat even started to break about 40 days in and so the team had to do emergency maintenance and repair on the journey.
During her talk, Emily spoke to students about the importance of focusing on life goals: “Think about where you want to be and how you’re going to get there,” was the message. During students’ questions, Emily explained: “Beforehand, I never thought I could do something quite so challenging – now I know I can, and am looking ahead to what I can do next.”
BCoT Sports lecturers Jamie Dockree and Darryl Taphouse arranged Emily’s visit to help students think about their own goals now and in the future. It’s part of BCoT’s aim to connect students to inspiring and real-world experts to motivate and teach them. “At college we do everything we can to give learners with the skills and qualifications they need to go onto university or work. But confidence and self-belief has to come from within – our job is to nurture this and encourage young people that they can succeed,” said Taphouse.
Catering and Hospitality students from Basingstoke College were under the spotlight on Friday when they created and served a banqueting buffet at the Basingstoke Holiday Inn for more than 50 hotel staff.
The 17 Level 3 students took over the Basingstoke hotel’s kitchen for the day, to prep' and make the buffet that was a belated Christmas party for the staff. The students chose dishes that reflected the traditions of the international guests, with British foods alongside specialities from countries like Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Nepal and Slovenia.
Student Benjamin Chandler, who was Head Chef for the night, feels the event pushed him and helped prepare him for progression into the industry. “During the day, I got to experience all the pressures, challenges and rewards of working in the hospitality sector. The opportunity has given me has a real taster for what life could be like – and I can’t wait!”
The College has been working with the hotel for the last year to help give students industry experience and understanding of what local employers need. It was a chance for the students to show how they perform under pressure. Lis Holmes, General Manager of the hotel said. “From an employer’s point of view, it’s great to see what the future industry professionals look like.”
Vicki Quilter, Course Director, said “It was a great experience for the students to show what they are capable of in front of an employer in their premises. I was very pleased with the maturity of the learners and their enthusiasm to impress. Everyone worked so hard and I couldn’t be more proud.”
An ambitious and determined Public Services student is set to fight in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu European Championships in Lisbon, Portugal in February 2017.
Rosie Clarke, who started the martial art two years ago with the aim to raise the profile of women’s Jui-Jitsu, had no idea she was going to become so addicted to the sport she now loves.
“I was 14 when I started and due to the lack of female interest at the time, I found myself grappling with grown men in the adult’s class. Although at the time it was tough, I think this experience has contributed to my success as I have always pushed myself to the limit.”
Rosie has experienced significant success since starting, winning the English Championships and medalling at the British, as well as becoming the Junior European Champion and taking home silverware from other competitions. In this time, Rosie has also gained a sponsor: Scramble, a top clothing and equipment brand in the industry.
In the run up to the event, BCoT has offered to help fund Rosie in fulfilling her dream of competing at the Championships.
“It is only right that we support her in any way we can,” said Course Director, James Booty. “She is an exceptional individual who has ambition to be successful and I wish her the best of luck.”
Excited to take part, Rosie is appreciative for all the support BCoT has given her and cannot wait to fight against Europe’s best.
“Without the funding support from BCoT, I would have struggled to make it to the event, so I am so grateful for their kindness. I have been training hard recently, trying to make sure I am in good shape for the event – I am there to win.”