The Northampton Town Education Centre, St Crispins Campus, was officially opened on Friday by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal.
HRH used the visit to enjoy a tour of the facility, visiting the classrooms to meet the students and staff as well as watching a coaching demonstration.
The St Crispins Campus is one of two Education Centres operated by Northampton Town Football Club, with the other being at the PTS Academy Stadium.
Northampton Town is enjoying a growing reputation for combining high quality educational provision, using the power of sport and football in particular to raise aspiration, educate and inform.
The club's full time education programme for 16-18 year olds combines a high quality, formal education qualification with a programme of Sports Industry specific work experience and, potentially, playing opportunities in the National Football Youth League with various educational qualifications available.
The Cobblers recently awarded a full time youth team scholarship to Scott Pollock, who has been working with the club's Football & Education programme and will continue to study through the scheme.
The Northampton Town Study Centre, now renamed the Education Centre, first opened in 2007, on a two classroom site at Sixfields in Northampton.
Led by Jean Limpitlaw, Head of Education, the club's educational programme has grown and grown, and the two centres they operate are the original site at the PTS Academy Stadium and the new site at St Crispins, Duston, Northampton, the site of the royal visit.
The centres work in close partnership with local schools and education partners to raise educational standards across Northamptonshire and surrounding counties through outreach and alternative provision programmes.
The centres offer an alternative educational environment for pupils who schools feel may benefit from working at an alternative site and in conjunction with a professional football club. They also run further education programmes for students who wish to pursue a possible career in sport, either as a player or as staff, and continue with their educational studies. Any players who impress our coaches are moved across to Northampton Town Football Club's full time Academy.
The programmes continue to expand with male and female courses now in operation.
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The Centre is staging an open evening for year 11 students (male and female) at the St Crispin's campus at 6pm next Wednesday. All are welcome to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org