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PRIZED PROGRAMME: Wealdstone FC awarded for work with university students

 Published on: 18th November 2023   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Wealdstone F.C

A Wealdstone FC staff member has won an award for their role in a placement programme which provides opportunities for undergraduates.

Richard Hopwood, general manager at the club, won the Manager of the Year category at the Brunel University BSIP awards ceremony on October 12.

The Brunel Summer Internship Programme (BSIP) employability focused project that offers paid internships for eight weeks during the summer for eligible first year undergraduate students.

This was the first year Wealdstone took part in the programme with two students joining the club in July and August.

The club were nominated for three awards in total, reflecting the positive experiences the students had at the club.

Richard Hopwood said: “Firstly, I must thank the two students who joined the club Daniella Da Goia and Tim Adjay. Both had a terrific attitude and threw themselves whole heartedly into the Internships.

“With hundreds of students taking part in the programme at organisations across west, for Wealdstone to be nominated for three awards reflects how well the club stepped up to make this such a positive experience.

“A special thanks goes to Cameron Mawer and Dale Welch at the Wealdstone Academy and Brett Aherne and Stuart Maynard who allowed such great access to the first team environment for the students.”

Conner Smith, who runs the BSIP programme at Brunel University, said “Already Wealdstone FC are one of BSIP’s most valued collaborations.

“They ensured that the interns had a personalised experience that build upon their strength’s and developed them into work-ready people, all whilst maintaining a friendly and enjoyable work environment that supported the students to the fullest.”

Photo Credit: Wealdstone FC

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