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Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation work with young people to boost confidence and employability skills

 

Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation have been running a Summer course working with unemployed young people to improve their job prospects.
 
The Advantage course is in partnership with the Department of Work & Pensions and Bath Rugby’s charity and is for 18 to 24 year olds who are, or in danger of becoming, NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
 
Working with Bath Job Centre, the course was created to not only encourage young people to enrol on college courses or gain the confidence to find job roles, but also to create a peer support group within them in which they could encourage and support each other on their journey.
 
The learners started the course finding it difficult to engage and ended with enthusiasm and a new-found confidence.
 
The opportunities the Advantage students have gained access to have been very broad, with one offered a place on a performing arts course at college; one enrolled on a sports coaching course; one has moved into supported housing after being homeless and sofa surfing; one has created a CV and is volunteering in order to gain experience in a retail environment; one is starting volunteering in a youth drug and alcohol support group with a view to becoming a youth support worker or counsellor, drawing on his own experiences.
 
Leah being filmed at the RecLeah (left), who has just completed the Advantage course said: “I have enrolled on a college course as I have enjoyed this course so much that I want to continue. It has made me feel safe and confident and I have had fun too.”
 
Luke found his confidence while completing the course: “This course has given me something that school and college didn’t manage to. I now know what I want to do and this makes me get up in the morning. I now have self-belief that I can make something of myself and this motivates me to get up.”
 
Joe Aygul, Employability Officer at Bath Rugby Foundation said: “Working in partnership with Bath College this summer has been incredible, we have been able to create a unique and bespoke training course that has without doubt positively impacted the lives of young people in our community.
 
Advantage students on interview day“Watching our students grow in confidence over the past five weeks has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. The journey these young people have been on in this short time has been remarkable, from starting as un-engaged ‘NEETs’ at the beginning of the course to now leaving us with aspirations and opportunities for further education, employment and training.
 
“The future looks bright for these guys and the team at Bath Rugby Foundation look forward to collaborating with Bath College again in the future.”
 
Anna Wheeler, Community Engagement Manager at Bath College said: “The Advantage programme has been so much more than a collaboration between Bath College and Bath Rugby Foundation to upskill a group of young people. It has been innovative and dynamic with input from a huge range of local partner organisations and experiences both challenging and exciting.
 
“The group’s confidence has grown alongside new skills and experiences and every member of staff involved has been inspired by the enthusiasm, talent and positivity they have shown”.
 
For more details about the ‘Advantage’ course, visit: www.bathrugbyfoundation.com/advantage
 

Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt

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Bath Rugby’s Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt do Q&A with Bath College Students

 

Bath College Sport Alumni Freddie Burns and Nathan Catt from Bath Rugby came in to do a Q&A session with our Sport and Public Services students.
 

The players discussed the differences in training as a fly-half and a prop, including their eating routine, praising their chef for their high protein meals.
 

Nathan Catt said: “We literally eat, train, eat, train, eat train. We have an amazing chef that alters our food to suit the different intensity training we’re doing each day.”
 

The professional players described how they manage injury, by grading their physical well-being from 1-5 to their club doctor. Freddie Burns said “We are very lucky to have the club doctors who care the way they do. With the kind of injuries players can get in the game, it’s important that we get seen to straight away.”
 

The students were keen to ask the pair about the worst injuries they’ve endured or have witnessed to which they described some horrific injuries that made the audience wince.
 
Students were interested to hear about the wide range of careers a club like Bath Rugby have to offer, as the players explained about roles including the Community Rugby Coach, Rugby Operations/Player Welfare Manager, Project Manager, Financial Controller, Chef and Physiotherapist.
 
Stuart King, Head of English and Maths and former Sport lecturer at Bath College said that: “Nathan and Freddie were both my sports students who had had lively, friendly and funny personalities. Even though rugby always came first in their lives they did not miss out on college work. They clearly recognized the value of an education.
 

“I remember very clearly chatting with them about their weekly rugby routines and how well they were progressing. How fantastic that they have both done so well! We have kept in touch since they left and I have felt so proud of their careers. A couple of months ago, seeing Nathan with his baby daughter in his arms certainly made me feel my age.”
 

Their talk to staff and sports students really identified the training schedules and rigors of being professional sportsmen. It is easy to watch a video or read an article but having England and Bath rugby players in the same room is inspiring for us all.
 

“They were pleased to give a little back to college, since they both recognise how much college supported them. I have already booked them to return next year. Long may their careers flourish!”
 
Thank you to Freddie and Nathan who really brought to life the different careers that sport has to offer, we look forward to your next talk at the college.
 

Our Young Stars launch

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The James Dyson Foundation backs B&NES ‘Our Young Stars’ Awards

 

The James Dyson Foundation has been confirmed as a main supporter of Bath and North East Somerset’s Our Young Stars Awards.
 
The awards will recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements of extraordinary young people in the district.
 
The James Dyson Foundation, which introduces young people to the exciting world of engineering, is the fifth major supporter to back the awards.
 
Sir James Dyson, founder of The James Dyson Foundation, said: “I am constantly impressed with the ingenuity of young people. My foundation has worked with school children in Bath for many years to encourage their inventive spirit. It is these creative minds who will solve our future world problems. I hope this award will inspire more young people to achieve great things.”
 
In launching the awards at the Guildhall, Bath & North East Somerset Council Leader, Tim Warren said: “I was inspired to create the awards after hearing the remarkable stories of young people, who make a valuable contribution to their community, at Bristol’s Young Heroes Awards, organised by Community of Purpose earlier this year.
 
“I know that across Bath and North East Somerset there are many selfless and courageous young people, who may have forsaken some of the joys and freedom of childhood to make a difference to the lives of others or to achieve great things in the face of adversity or personal challenges.
 
“I think it’s important to recognise these young people, share their stories and celebrate their achievements.
 
“If you know a young person worthy of an ‘Our Young Stars Award’ please make a nomination – we don’t want to miss anyone.”
 
Residents, schools and organisations are now being asked to nominate a young person who they feel is worthy of such an award and receive the recognition they deserve.
 
There are five categories and our thanks go to the sponsors for their generosity and support:
Education – YTL / Wessex Water
Unsung – IESIS Group Ltd (Rengen Developments)
Courage – Kersfield
Sport – Bath Rugby
Innovation – The James Dyson Foundation
 
A panel of judges will look at all the nominations in December and select three of the most deserving young people from each category to become finalists. The fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced and awards presented to all of the finalists.
 
The Our Young Stars Awards are supported by Wessex Water, Bath Rugby, IESIS (Rengen Developments), Kersfield and The James Dyson Foundation, Bath Bid and Southgate.
 
Colin Skellett, CEO of YTL Power International, which owns Wessex Water, said: “Wessex Water is delighted to help sponsor these awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of many of our young people who not only manage their own lives, but look after and care for others.”
 
Iestyn Lewis, CEO of IESIS Group, a multi-disciplinary property consultancy, development and engineering company, said: “IESIS Group is proud to be a sponsor of this incredible event recognising young leaders and volunteers who have a positive impact on the Bath and North East Somerset Community.”
 
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, said: “We are delighted to support the Young Stars Awards and to help celebrate amazing children and young adults. Their example is an inspiration and something they, and more widely all of us, should be very proud of. By celebrating their achievements other people will hopefully be inspired and realise the profoundly positive impact they too can have in their community.”
 
David Newton, Chief Executive at Kersfield, a Bath-based property developer, said: “We know from personal experience that we have some truly inspirational young people living in Bath and the surrounding area. This is a great initiative to acknowledge the achievements and contributions these fantastic and often under-celebrated young people make. We are proud to sponsor the Courage category and look forward to meeting and celebrating with the nominees and winners at the awards evening.”
 
Nominees must be 18 or under on December 31st 2018 and live in Bath and North East Somerset.
 
The deadline for nominations is Friday 30th November 2018.
 
Nomination forms are available online at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars
 
Completed forms can also be returned by post to: Bath and North East Somerset Council, The Leader’s Office, Guildhall, Bath. BA1 5AW
Or emailed to: Leader&cabinetoffice@bathnes.gov.uk
 

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Bath Rugby gives Bath College students VIP insight into careers in Sport

Bath Rugby opened up their headquarters at Farleigh House to a select few Bath College Sports Students earlier this month.

 

The students were lucky enough to have a meet and greet with all the professionals that work there, who gave them an insightful day highlighting the variety of career options that link to sport.
 
The event was funded by WIN (Wessex Inspiration Network) which is a targeted programme of activities and personalised support for young people considering their future options and to find out whether higher education is for them.
 
Students receiving talkThe students got a tour of the impressive grounds as well as hearing talks from staff from a wide range of departments including Jack Howden (Community Rugby Coach), Michael Bache (Head Chef), Sophie Bennett (Rugby Operations and Player Welfare Manager), Jojo Bowles (Project Manager), Owen Peachey (Financial Controller) and Connor Farrell (Physiotherapist).
 
Beth, a student at Bath College said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and listening to all the different roles really helped me in choosing my job role in the future, especially hearing about the physio’s role at the club as this is hopefully the road I would one day like to go down.”
 
This opportunity offered by WIN and Bath Rugby broadened the students view of their job prospects when finishing their course and they left excitedly discussing their new aspirations.
 
Students in the gymJack Howden, Community Rugby Coach at Bath Rugby was thrilled to host the students: “It was great to have the sports students at Farleigh House for the afternoon – it gave them all an insight about the operation of a professional sports team and the many roles that come inside it.
 
“The students came with an enthusiasm to learn and asked some great questions to delve deeper into how one of the biggest clubs in professional rugby runs on and off the pitch.
 
 
“I think the experience has opened their eyes to the processes that go on behind the scenes, in order to run an effective and successful business.”
 

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