Cospa gets young building trainees ‘on track’ at Linford Christie Stadium

Tuesday 21st April 2015


A team of local young residents, recruited and supported by Cospa, are volunteering to help improve facilities at the Linford Christie Stadium in west London whilst learning vocational trade and building skills on the job.

The project is being delivered by Cospa in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, community football club Kensington Dragons, Wickes, the College of North West London and building contractor NOPEF.

The team of 20 young people, all aged 16-24, are helping to transform and refit changing room facilities at the stadium to enable Kensington Dragons to host local league matches and meet league requirements.

Ten of the young volunteers have been recruited via Jobcentre Plus and have no prior background in building skills. Over the course of the six-week project, these volunteers will work towards achieving an Entry Level 3 City & Guilds Building and Construction Skills qualification that will open up further training, work experience and employment opportunities. The other ten young volunteers comprise building and construction skills students from the College of North West London, all of whom are keen to gain on-site experience as part of their NVQ course.

All the young people involved are likely to commit at least 30 volunteering hours to the project whilst working alongside, and being mentored by, professional contractor staff employed by NOPEF.

Cospa Director Tim Reading explains: “The opportunity for Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been to find a way of better enabling the improvement of facilities at the stadium at the same time as achieving added youth training and community engagement outcomes. More than 50,000 young people participate in sport at the stadium each year and this project is all about encouraging local young residents to help improve a facility they use and benefit from, whilst also enhancing their own skills and employment prospects.”