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Owls star becomes face of Futsal programme

15 May 2014

Owls star becomes face of Futsal programme

Owls midfielder Giles Coke has become the face of a new partnership that encourages young people to study a higher education programme that specialises in Futsal.

The programme is facilitated by the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme, the club’s charitable arm, and run across venues at the club.

The Sheffield Wednesday Futsal Programme, which is aimed at 16-19-year-olds and is part of the Level Three BTEC Diploma in Sport, runs over two academic years and is the equivalent of up to three A-levels.  

Futsal, a popular sport originating in Brazil, is similar to football but played on a smaller, indoor pitch between two teams of five players. 

The education programme covers subjects including anatomy, sport psychology, fitness testing, exercise and nutrition. 

Giles Coke said: “The career-span of a footballer is a limited one, so it’s extremely important to put in place a firm foundation in terms of education. More and more players are exploring the possibility of achieving a degree for future benefit in the workplace and I can only endorse that point of view.”

As well as receiving first-class education and a valuable qualification in the sports industry, the Sheffield Wednesday Futsal project also gives extensive training and the chance to represent the club in the national league. 

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