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Brand New Ice Hockey BTEC Level 3 Sport in partnership between Warrington Collegiate & Widnes Wild

Is the course for me?
The Ice Hockey BTEC Level 3 Sport in partnership between Warrington Collegiate & Widnes Wild is aimed at individuals who have an interest in playing, coaching or officiating in Ice Hockey.

The course combines the knowledge and expertise of highly qualified Ice Hockey professional staff from Widnes Wild, a club competing in Laidler Conference with a level 3 academic qualification.

The exciting 2 year course looks at the development of individuals as performers, coaches, analysts, strength & conditioning coaches and development and community officers.

The course benefits from significant and continued input from Widnes Wild and their support team, ranging from working out in the community with the development team to receiving theory and practical presentations related to performance.

A challenging course but with the correct attitude linked to the core values of Widnes Wild and Warrington Collegiate of Excellent Teaching, Taking responsibility, Striving for success, Acting with integrity, Working cooperatively with People, businesses, communities the student will be successful in gaining a valuable qualification and unique experience

What will I learn?
The academic part of the course involves the completion of 19 modules over the 2 year course. Areas of focus tailored to Ice Hockey coaching, playing, officiating, sports science and event organisation. Students are supported by highly qualified Ice Hockey professionals with constant engagement and support from Widnes Wild.

There are many units within the course, however additional to the core units of the Level 3 Extended Diploma there are many Ice Hockey specific modules.

Core units that are the fundamentals to many sports specific careers are:
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology – Explores the structure and functions of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and also the fundamentals of the energy systems.

Assessing Risks in Sport – Ensures learners are aware of the factors that affect the safety of sports sessions, including risk assessments and its management.

More Ice Hockey specific modules are:
Fitness Testing – Learn about fitness components that are predominant in Ice Hockey. The module allows the application of knowledge into practice various fitness tests and collect data to analyse.

The Athlete’s Lifestyle – Examines aspects of an Ice Hockey players lifestyle, as well as duties that they will have to undertake as part of their role within Ice Hockey, for example public appearances, media interviews and financial management.

What are the entry requirements?
You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs (C or above), including Maths and English (or Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2), or successful completion of a Level 2 course (achieving a merit or above and completing Functional Skills Maths and English). If you have not already achieved a Level 2 or GCSE grade C or above in English or Maths, you will be expected to work towards a qualification as part of your vocational course. This will increase your chances of employment or progression onto higher education. You will be assessed and put onto a suitable course which will enable you to achieve a qualification. Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the Curriculum Manager.

Applicants who do not meet these entry requirements will be assessed on an individual basis by the Curriculum Manager and Curriculum Director.

How will it be assessed?
You will be assessed using a variety of methods including reports, presentations, observation, practical coaching, factsheet / poster production and professional discussions.

Will I complete Work Placements?
Throughout the 2 year course you will complete a period of time completing academy performance related duties culminating in representation of your Ice Hockey club, additionally aiding the promotion and development of Ice Hockey within the community ranging from education institutions to community led activities. This forms part of your work placement and vocational experience to embed the knowledge gained in the classroom.

Are there any trips and residentials organised during the course?
There are opportunities for European residential work placements within the 2 year course and other subsidised visits where appropriate as deemed suitable by members of staff.

Are there any links with industry?
There will be continued and significant links with Widnes Wild and the English Ice Hockey Association as well as the opportunity to develop links in the local and wider community alongside networking in the world of Ice Hockey. Additionally there are links into both the Planet Ice and Silver Blades Ice Rink brands giving students access to the largest ice rink brands in Europe.

What could I study next?
When you have successfully completed your Ice Hockey BTEC Level 3 Sport in partnership between Warrington Collegiate & Widnes Wild, you can progress to higher education at Foundation degree or full Honours degree level dependent on your overall achievement. Many Ice Hockey students will use this qualification as a stepping stone to university. Other students can go on to find employment at junior management level in Ice Hockey or general leisure facilities, or within the sports retail sector. Some very talented players may also go on to successfully secure semi-professional and professional contracts.

Are there any additional costs?
You will be required to purchase the college sports kit for use in lessons in and around the college at an approximate cost of £50. There may be funds available upon request to help with this cost. There are several recommended books for the course, including a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport text book available for performance and excellence, as well as sports development, coaching and fitness. These books can be purchased at a cost of £25. As this course involves working and leading groups of all ages including children, you will be required to undergo a DBS check to ensure suitability for working with children and vulnerable adults and this will be subject to an administration charge (currently £5).

To register your initial interest please complete the form at the link below

Ice Hockey BTEC Level 3 Sport >>

Introducing Ice Hockey
An exclusive combination of skill, speed, aggression and physical contact make ice hockey one of the fastest and most exciting Team games in the world. Few other games can compete with the frantic pace, intense end-to-end action and lively atmosphere associated with the sport and this is why ice hockey is currently Britain's most popular sporting activity.

Ice Hockey in the UK
Ice hockey in England is governed by the English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA).The EIHA was formed in 1982 and since then the number of Teams has risen from 60 to in excess of 260 as part of 40 clubs nationwide. Hockey is a sport with a big future and it continues to grow year on year.

Widnes Wild
Widnes Wild Ice Hockey Club was formed when Silver Blades Ice Rink Widnes was opened and is the newest ice hockey club in Great Britain. They were formed to bring the Olympic Sport of Ice Hockey to Halton, Cheshire and Merseyside and compete in the National Ice Hockey League's Laidler Conference. As well as the senior team the club is also responsible for ice hockey junior development teams, who train and nurture promising players from a young age through to the teenage years. Widnes Wild are committed to youth development and have one of the strongest development programmes in the UK.Our junior team currently train on a regular basis and are looking to compete in the new 2014-2015 season.

If you would like to be a future Widnes Wild then see our Learn to Play Ice Hockey page we welcome age groups from age 5 onwards.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Without the continued support of the owners of Silver Blades ice rink and local businesses, it would not be possible to compete at Wild's current level or achieve our ambitions of being league champions by 2016.

Widnes Wild are looking for local businesses to come on board for the current and future seasons and support them by taking out one of our excellent value for money sponsorship packages which can be tailored to suit your individual requirements and budget.

Our partnership brochure is available to view online: CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFORMATION

Silver Blades Widnes

Unit No 1,
Venture Fields,
Earle Road,
Tel: 08700 852929
Rink Manager: Vernon Neil