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Sylvain Distin is impressed by a new Everton in the Community business course aimed at budding entrepreneurs and is encouraging young fans to find out more at an open day this Friday.

Between 10am and 2pm on 17 August, Community coaches will be based in the Bluecoat Chambers on College Lane off Hanover Street, to offer prospective students more information about the exciting new programme called Leadership Through Sport.

Lectures start from September 2012 and will equip young people aged 16-19 with the skills to become business and community leaders of the future.

The new course, which is being delivered in partnership with Liverpool Community College and funded by the charity Leadership through Sport, involves young people studying a two-year-long BTEC Level 3 in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, and undertaking work experience.

Distin was quick to praise the new initiative, he said: “It sounds like a fantastic opportunity and something that would have appealed to me when I was younger.

“I like the mixture of learning and work, and I think young people in Liverpool will do too, especially with the link to Everton. I am sure there will be a big demand for this course.”

The BTEC, which is the equivalent of three A Levels, will see students completing three days in the classroom, where they will learn vital commerce skills, including entrepreneurship, business planning and pitching, leadership and teamwork and financial literacy and awareness.

The remaining two days per week will be spent based with Everton in the Community, transferring their newly acquired skills into live environments on a variety of exciting schemes delivered by the Blues’ official charity, which cover sport, health, education, employment and social inclusion.

Prospective students must have five GCSE’s (grades A-C and including English Language), to gain entry onto the course and possess a real interest and determination to succeed in the world of business.

Students who are accepted onto the course will be rewarded with significant financial incentives for performing well and to aid their learning.

For more information about the Leadership Through Sport programme, call 0151 530 5253 or email community@evertonfc.com.

For more information about the charity Leadership through Sport, visit www.leadershipthroughsport.org.

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