Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Interestingly the Makelanrinne Upper Secondary School coordinates the Metropolitan Area Sports Academy...

This is a network organisation which helps top level young athletes with their studies in school, polytechnic and university by creating opportunities for high quality training during the school day. The network works with 1000 young athletes; 65 Olympic level, an 250 national team level. It includes 18 educational establishments involving 20 different sports and their national federations employing 35 full-time coaches, ten supported by the Finnish Olympic Committee.

It is an incredible arrangement and we met members of the Olympic Committee team, coaches and world class young athletes who all talked passionately and enthusiastically about the Sports Academy Network which by creating partnerships that develop a synergy around the young athlete aims to guarantee success in sport and studies.

This is the future and exactly what we need in terms of our Post-16 provision.

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