Rangers have announced a new link with New College Lanarkshire to offer students the chance to enrol in the HNC Rangers Soccer Academy Coaching Programme and offer a pathway into coaching.
The course certificated by SportScotland and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), and will give students access to the Rangers Online Academy platform to further their education.
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New College Lanarkshire is delighted to announce a partnership with @RangersFC to create a brand new opportunity to study coaching with our new HNC Rangers Soccer Academy Coaching Programme.
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Rangers’ Head of Soccer Academies & International Relations Gary Gibson was delighted to launch the programme which sees students gain an industry-recognised Professional Development Award in Sports Coaching at SCQF Level 7.
“I am delighted to launch the HNC Rangers Soccer Academy Coaching Programme in partnership with New College Lanarkshire,” Gibson said [NCL]
“As we continue to expand our programmes domestically and internationally, we want to be at the forefront in supporting students who have a desire to succeed in the coaching world.
“It is our desire to give them the tools necessary to work at all different levels and increase their knowledge and understanding and ultimately set them on the right career pathway.
“As part of this programme we will provide work experience. The students will shadow our coaching staff, we will hold a number of coach development days, they will join our monthly coach development webinars with key staff members and gain access to our cutting edge Rangers Online Academy which will further aid in their development.”
Former Rangers community coach Todd Lumsden now serves as NCL’s Curriculum and Quality Leader for Sport and Fitness and hopes the programme will open up future opportunities in professional football and see students the chance to progress to HND or Degree level qualifications.
“Launching the HNC Rangers Soccer Academy Coaching Programme is a very exciting moment for us here at New College Lanarkshire.
“The programme will give students the knowledge and skills they need to become a professional football coach, or to go on to further study at HND or Degree level.
“They’ll learn all the theory with us, and then use the coaching opportunities provided by Rangers Soccer Academy to put what they’ve learned into practice with a top-flight football club. We’re expecting the course to be extremely popular and we’re really looking forward to getting started.”
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard reassured fans that the Ibrox side will do everything they can to assure the match with Royal Antwerp can be played.