A group of Sports students from Ireland have honed their football skills and knowledge in a two-week-long visit to New College Lanarkshire.
Nine students from Galway Technical Institute (GTI) divided their time between undergoing intensive training sessions at the College’s Broadwood Campus in Cumbernauld with watching behind-the-scenes coaching at top-flight clubs.
The visit is part of the Erasmus+ exchange initiative to encourage the acquisition of both academic and intercultural skills through a structured educational programme abroad.
They participated in daily training sessions at the Broadwood Campus led by Curriculum & Quality Leader Todd Lumsden as well as a number of educational trips, including visits to watch Celtic, Rangers, Partick Thistle and St. Mirren train. They also watched Rangers v Atletico Madrid UEFA youth league teams play at Firhill Stadium.
GTI student Rachel Burke said: “I’ve enjoyed my experience at NCL. There’s a lot of practical work here which I enjoy.
“The coaching has been really good - Scott and Todd have been great with the coaching and feedback that they have given us throughout our stay. It’s been great and I’d like to come back again.”
Sound Production students from GTI also recently visited the College on a two-week exchange programme, visiting the state-of-the-art sound and music studios at the Cumbernauld Campus.
Their activities included recording and mixing, game audio as well as learning about college partner Ableton’s Digital Audio Workstation.
Dylan Jennings from GTI said: “The studios are really impressive here – the mixing desks and recording equipment is great.
“I’ve really enjoyed the experience and getting to try different things.”
Classmate Chris Jura said: “It’s been great to find out what education is like in Scotland as well as meet new people and work in different facilities.
“I’ve really enjoyed the experience – it’s been great to get a feel for different cultures from an educational, professional and social aspect.”
Elaine McCormick, Commercial Team Leader at New College Lanarkshire, said: “We have been arranging these student visits for several years now and it’s always a pleasure to welcome our Galway visitors to the College.
“They are always made welcome by all our staff and students to give them a very positive experience.
“Without the support from the football clubs and our own faculty staff in both Sport and Sound Production these visits would not be possible, and their help in making these visits work is very much appreciated.
“The exchange visits are always a great learning experience for the students and lets them get a flavour of what we offer here at New College Lanarkshire and how things may differ from their own experiences at GTI.”
For more information on the range of courses available at New College Lanarkshire, visit: www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk.