Jersey Bulls have agreed an educational partnership with Highlands College as preparations continue ahead of the club’s first ever season.
The agreement will give Bulls players the opportunity to study a Higher National Diploma (HND) sports-related course (subject to validation) alongside their commitments to the newly-formed team. A HND is the equivalent of two years of a degree and can be topped up to a full Bachelor’s degree with a third year of study.
As part of the relationship with UCJ, students on the HND in Sport will have the opportunity to study the Bulls’ development and initiatives in some of their units. UCJ students will also have the potential opportunity to undertake a work placement with the Bulls alongside their study, gaining practical experience in the setup and day-to-day running of a football club. The objective of the course is to produce a high-calibre workforce ready to work or volunteer with the club and in Sport on the island.
“These partnerships show we’re not just planning for success on the pitch, but also working hard to ensure the Bulls become part of the community by building links off the pitch too,” said the clubs Chairman Russell Le Feuvre
“Jersey traditionally loses a high volume of players because of students going off to UK universities, but these courses will enable more to stay on-island and hopefully enjoy their Football with the Bulls on our exciting journey into English football competition. “We’re now looking at how we can strengthen these links even further.”
Andrew McGinnigle from Highlands College added: “We are delighted to be working with Jersey Bulls FC and as the Island’s only local provision of Higher Education in sport, it was a natural fit for us at University College Jersey. We strongly believe that through local study and practical experience within the Island, UCJ students can help push the Island’s sporting development at all levels. Our prospective students have already expressed their excitement at getting to study the Bulls’ development within their units and the potential opportunity to go on work placements within the club in the future”.