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Volunteers week: Robins Foundation students

Students enrolled with City's official charity are volunteering to make a positive impact in the community, whilst also gaining invaluable experience through the Foundation's unique ‘Volunteering For Employment’ (VFE) scheme.

Bristol City Robins Foundation’s education department offers a range of exciting post-16 education courses to young people across Bristol. The Foundation strives to help youngsters develop not only academically, but also socially and personally, providing them with the skills needed to thrive once their studies are complete.

The Foundation’s unique VFE programme plays a key role in facilitating this development. The programme has been specifically designed to pro­vide students with practical work experience and a progressive pathway for young people into employment, whilst simultaneously benefiting the local community.

Head of Education at the Robins Foundation, Chris Stenner, said: “The VFE programme provides students with the structure and opportunity to gain meaningful work experience. Through this programme, we are able to provide them with the necessary skills to graduate from their course work ready.

“Every year I am humbled by the amount of voluntary work that our students complete. In the 2018/19 academic year, our students completed over 5,000 of voluntary work.”

Millie Rose – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport student

Since the start of her studies with the Foundation, Millie has completed in excess of 280 hours of voluntary work, ranging from; coaching on the Robins Foundation’s Free Female Fitness project (F3), to volunteering at the Robins Foundation's school holiday football camps. Millie is now volunteering with her mother to support the Foundation’s COVID-19 relief efforts - which each week provides over 700 meals and food parcels to vulnerable young people.

Millie’s lecturer at the Robins Foundation, Chloe Rogers, commented: “Millie has continuously shown exceptional commitment to the voluntary work that she undertakes and is an inspiration to all of those around her.”

Millie (kneeling on the right) interacting with young person at voluntary visit to St Monica's House

Kai Long – Foundation Degree in community coaching student

Kai first started his studies with Bristol City Robins Foundation on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport course, where he completed a staggering 680 hours of volunteering in the local community through the VFE programme.

From this voluntary work, Kai developed a passion for coaching and decided that he wanted to pursue a career in the sports coaching industry. This drove his decision to continue his studies with the Robins Foundation on their Foundation Degree in Community Coaching course (ran in partnership with the University of South Wales).

As a result of the excellent voluntary work carried out by Kai on various community projects, City’s official charity have provided the youngster with paid coaching work with the Foundation.

Kai being presented with an award at the annual Education Awards evening

Georgia Ward – former BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in sport student

Over the two year period which Georgia studied with Bristol City Robins Foundation on the BTEC Level 3 in Sport programme, the youngster amassed over 300 hours of volunteering. This voluntary work help provide her with the practical skills needed to undertake a coaching placement in America.

Georgia commented: “The voluntary work I completed with the Foundation gave me the opportunity to work with lots of experienced and talented coaches, and inspire a younger generation of children.

“It has gave me an insight into the sports industry, especially coaching and organising events, as well an opportunity to work with professionals and build up my own reputation.”

Georgia volunteering at one of the Foundation's school holiday football camps

To find out more about the education opportunities on offer with Bristol City Robins Foundation please click here, or email education@bcfc.co.uk.

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