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COMMUNITY PROJECT: School Partnership Officer to be recruited to deliver an array of sports initiatives

Richard Rose Central Academy and Riverside team up with Carlisle United Community Trust and Manchester United Foundation to provide new mentoring sports programme

20 March 2019

Richard Rose Central Academy and Riverside team up with Carlisle United Community Trust and Manchester United Foundation to provide new mentoring sports programme in Carlisle.

Richard Rose Central Academy and Housing association Riverside will work with Carlisle United Community Sports Trust (CUCST) and Manchester United Foundation (MUF) to deliver an array of sports initiatives that will help engage and inspire young people living in Carlisle. 

Based within Central Academy, CUCST will for the first time be recruiting a School Partnership Officer, to lead their project work and meet the needs of the students aged 11 – 18 years old. In addition, Manchester United Foundation are also placing a School Partnership Officer to work full time at the school. 

Alongside the many sports related activities offered by the two organisations, the provision will identify students and support them through a series of leadership and mentoring programmes over the next three years. 

Stephen Gilby, Principal from Central Academy said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the students of Central. This exciting programme will give students the chance to take part in things they didn’t think possible, raising aspirations and broadening their experience to support their next steps in life.” 

The academy, which is at the heart of the community where Riverside residents live, has been looking for ways to engage with students and help them develop confidence in various skills.  

Sarah Paton Regional Director of Riverside said: “Many of our customers’ children attend the academy and we wanted to provide support through a programme that will engage with them. We are really pleased to be funding such an alternative project that will deliver some great activities to engage and motivate the children involved.” 

In addition to the programme within the Academy, the project will offer some fantastic opportunities for young people such as match day tickets and involvement in other events. 

John Shiels, CEO Manchester United Foundation said: “Manchester United Foundation is delighted to be working with the Richard Rose Central Academy.

"It offers our first opportunity to support children outside of Greater Manchester and the fact that Riverside is supporting and CUCST will also be in school means that the potential of the project is huge - we are really looking forward to getting involved." 

John Halpin, Carlisle United’s Community Sports Trust manager, said: “We’re really excited to be part of this project. It’s a fantastic way to extend our outreach programme by working closely with Riverside and Central Academy locally, and alongside Manchester United Foundation. 

“It will be really good to work with young people and offer a different kind of approach to help them to fully realise their potential. Working so closely with Central, coupled with the experience Manchester United Foundation will provide, will put us in a great position to develop what we think will be a hugely rewarding and successful partnership with the Academy. Most importantly, of course, it will be a massive benefit to the students who take part.” 

Recruitment for the role is taking place during March and April 2019. The successful applicants will start as the School Partnership Officers from as soon as possible afterwards. 

For further details please contact CUCST manager John Halpin at or on 01228 554 169 / 07862 724 318

To view the CUCST School Partnership Officer job advert, click HERE

To view the CUCST School Partnership Officer job description, click HERE

For further information about MU Foundation’s School Partnership Officer position please visit:

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