Falkirk Football Club officially launched its new partnership with Forth Valley College today in a bid to bring exciting new benefits and opportunities to students and the community as a whole.

Head Coaches, David McCracken and Lee Miller, along with Ben Hall, Ian McShane and Robbie Leitch went to the newly opened Falkirk Campus to have a look around and to introduce the new initiative with FVC Principal Dr Ken Thomson. The new initiative will offer more opportunities for FVC students to get involved with the club and expose them to the workings of a professional football club. It also offers the opportunity for Falkirk FC to promote themselves and raise awareness among students and staff alike.

Through this partnership, Falkirk FC aims to offer several work experience projects to FVC students. Along with these projects the club is also keen to work closely with students’ health and fitness while offering the pitch as a training facility.

Another perk of the partnership is the free tickets initiative which has already proven successful with local schools in the area. Hundreds of tickets will be given out for Falkirk’s home game against Montrose on the 22nd February, Falkirk FC’s official Student Day. The idea is to generate fans for the future and to encourage students to go and watch their local team. The hope is that this will also stimulate friendship and common goals.

Falkirk FC’s Commercial Director Kieran Koszary said, “We are looking forward to hundreds of students from FVC to our match against Montrose, to not only enjoy the game, but to also support the club in various operational areas on the day as they look to enhance their knowledge and broaden their skillsets.

“It was a fantastic experience to visit the new campus, and it was inspiring to see the passion from everyone within the new facilities, which are truly first class. As a football club we are excited about the opportunities of working together with the college on numerous exciting and innovative concepts over the years ahead.”

There will also be match day opportunities as the club will be looking for hospitality students to provide catering for guests. Media students will also be involved with match day programme design, as well as social media content on match days and the lead up to those matches. These opportunities will give students the chance to gain real work experience on match days.

This is not the first time that the club has worked alongside FVC, having previously worked together on projects such as the Centre Forward – Making Your Next Move, a two year long scheme that aids young people, between the ages of 16 and 24, with  learning disabilities in the development of skills and confidence through sport and physical activity. The programme involves the Falkirk Football Community Foundation and FVC’s Department of Business and Communities.

Dr Ken Thomson, the Principal of Forth Valley College, who is extremely excited at the prospect of partnering with the club said, “We are delighted to launch our close partnership with Falkirk FC and are excited by the possible range of live learning opportunities in sport, media and hospitality that could well be created in the process.

“As a community college we take great pride in working closely with our local partners and neighbours and we are looking forward to turning our match-up with Falkirk FC into a great result for both organisations. The Forth Valley College match day will be a winner for everyone!”

Lindsay Graham, Vice President of the Forth Valley Student Association said, “I am really excited by the prospect of the partnership. There are so many parallels that both of these institutions have by being cornerstones of not just the local Falkirk community, but the much wider Forth Valley area.

“I feel that this partnership offers a fantastic opportunity to our students to gain experience in their studies. I know that the college and Falkirk FC already do a lot of good work, and broadening the scope to include other opportunities for students is a win win situation for all, and the dedicated FVC match-day and ticket sponsor offer are brilliant ideas.”

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