Foundation and Academy join forces for Turing Scheme

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Wolves Foundation and Wolves Academy have joined forces to develop a first-of-its-kind opportunity to bring college students and academy scholars together.

The Turing Scheme collaboration will create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for 48 learners, with students given the chance to enhance their personal development through a variety of different activations within the community alongside developing key life skills.

In March 2024, 24 college students and 24 academy scholars will travel to La Nucia in Spain to observe and take part in high-level training, games and social and cultural activities.

Between now and March, the students will prepare for the trip by undertaking a number of community activations.

Last Friday, Academy player care manager Mark Hyland and Foundation senior education officer Brad Moore officially launched the project at Molineux. The two-hour session presented an opportunity for general introductions and team building activities as key time was spent on learning more about the scheme and what it entails.

Learners on the programme will be provided with exposure to various career pathways and progressions to enhance their wider understanding of the job market in the UK, while they will also acquire improved knowledge and understanding of European progression opportunities as a result of the project.

Academy manager for operations, Laura Nicholls, said: “This scheme is a first-of-its-kind in terms of connecting the Academy and Foundation to learn together. We’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our learners and we hope it will prove to be yet another valuable experience.

“Naturally, the trip will be the highlight of the project, but it’s much more than that. It’s about building foundations for the two departments to work together in the city to have a real impact on themselves and others.

“We’re keen to make this collaboration more regular in the future so I’m looking forward to keeping a close eye on how the scheme progresses in the coming weeks and the success that comes with it in terms of personal development and life experiences.”

Jonathan Warburton, Wolves Foundation’s education & skills manager, added: “The Turing Scheme is a superb opportunity for students and the chance for us to link up with Wolves Academy is also an exciting one.

“Bringing together the scholars and students has been really positive, and we’re looking forward to them making the most of these experiences at home and abroad together.

“It will be an amazing trip to La Nucia for the young people, and we’re hosting a range of cultural and social activities to enrich their lives along the way.”

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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