Educational Projects

Leonardo da Vinci Project 2011, VET Education, Language, Culture & Work Experience in Tenerife. Project No: 163059

Two Birmingham schools, 12 students, 2 PE teachers from Cockshut and Lordswood Boys School took part in a fully funded 3 week mobility project in Tenerife. Sarah Grocutt Project Manager applied for European funding via Ecorys, the funding enabled students to study Spanish, Fitness Instruction and undertake 3 weeks work in Spain. Students worked in 4 different organisations to gain work experience in health and fitness and Childrens’ summer camps and physical education.

Students on a Trip to Mount Teide
Students Graduating

“The Leonardo Project has enabled me to use all my skills which I learnt, coaching childrens’ tennis, instructing martial arts, football and fun activities. The experience has helped me to develop confidence, manage money on a budget together with improving my linguistic skills. I have made friends from Turkey and Germany. These transferable skills will help me with my future career as I plan to study for a Degree in Business and Management at University”. Sohail. Highly recommended

Students were awarded certificates and Europass from businesses, Academy Language School and industries to demonstrate their skills achieved.

Students also had the chance to attend a lecture by Dr Javier, a local expert in altitude training, this gave the group an incredible insight into the psychological and physiological demands placed upon the cardiovascular system in high altitude training.

“It was a good balance between free time to visit places of interest combined with work experience. The intense Spanish language at the Academy has given me confidence to go out and use my linguistic skills in shops and cafes before the start of the study placement”.

Students V Staff in Football

There was plenty of time to participate in sport everyday as well as take part in outdoor activities such as surfing and hiking.

The project won a business education award for innovation and originality, out of 100 companies across the UK. View video on:

Sarah receiving Highly Commended Education Award at Europa House, Westminster


University of Jyvaskla

Participants from across the UK and Europe undertook a 7 days study visit in Finland to research and learn more about physical education programmes in Finland.

Sarah pictured 4th, back row, left with International participants at the University

University of Jyvaskla was established in 1934, it originated from the first Finnish speaking teacher training college. It is the country’s leading university for education programmes. Other core fields of study include physical activity, health and well-being, information technology, cultures and communities in global change. One of the highlights was a lecture on the Master of Science Degrees Programmes.

Our base was Vierumaki Institute of Sport – a versatile centre of education, leisure and sports. Vierumaki is a national coaching and training centre for sports and physical education and develops a high level of training both nationally and internationally. The Institute works in partnership with HAAGA-HELIA University of Applied Science.

As well as study and research, the group had lectures from The International Ice Hockey Federation, visits to schools, trip to the Olympic Stadium and leisure centres to learn about rehabilitation using Cryotherapy. There was plenty of time for the group to take part in Nordic Walking, Winter Swimming in the lake and other organised sports run by sports science students at Vierumaki.

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