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College takes over running of Sport:Central facility

The centre has facilities including a full-sized artificial football pitch, multi-use area for team games and options for rugby, basketball netball and tennis. 

The announcement comes as the college is inviting applications for its first-ever Football Studies degree.

  • Pictured: MK College footballer Amber Taylor.

Louise Dentith, the college’s head of School for Sport, said: “Sport:Central is an excellent facility and lots of people in the city already take full advantage but there are further opportunities available during the day when the majority are studying or at work.

“That provides an opportunity for our sports students to train and play there, because of course, sport is their work.”

The college plans to put on courses and events for the public, including bespoke fitness sessions and health assessments, alongside the usual booking system for courts and pitches. 

The facilities will continue to be available for bookings and there are plans to develop further exciting opportunities for sports groups in the near future. The college is also looking at the possibility of running camps during the school holidays.

“We want to be able to offer something worthwhile for a whole range of people at affordable prices and give them a sense of who we are and what we can do at the college at the same time,” Louise says. 

To contact Sport:Central, visit www.sportcentralmkc.co.uk

College launches Football Studies BA course

Milton Keynes College is already recruiting students for its BA in Football Studies which will be on the curriculum from September. There are a total of 12 places available.

“It is a great course that we have wanted to run for some time,” Louise says. “It is very hard to find educational institutions running high-quality football degrees, many of which are quite some distance away. 

“Students may be keen on joining the industry because they are fans or they may have just missed out on a professional career but want to stay in the sport.”

They will  learn about club management, sports journalism and dealing with the media, coaching, facilities development, merchandising and retail.

“All kinds of things which will set them up for a job in the game,” says Louise. “Having Sport:Central available will just add to the breadth of what they can learn.”

The Milton Keynes College men’s team are the current holders of the English Colleges Football Association Cup – the second time they have won the trophy in three years.

Anyone interested in the Football Studies BA, any of the other courses offered in the Sport Department at Milton Keynes College and for all bookings at Sport:Central can get in touch with Louise at: louise.dentith@mkcollege.ac.uk   

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