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FM students recognised at Southend United

16 March 2017

Six FM students recently met Rochford and Southend East MP James Duddridge during their 100-hour work placement at the Southend United new Facilities Management Academy.

Mr Duddridge heard how the students will work alongside the club's facilities team to learn how to prepare and maintain the venue, according to the Basildon, Canvey and Southend Echo.

During the 10-week course, the trainees will be shown the importance of correct methods of preparation to ensure that fans have the correct match day experience when attending matches.

The Roots Hall venue has a capacity of 12,392 and includes additional facilities to host other events at the ground.

Mr Duddridge was welcomed by both the club and training and employment organisation Seetec.

While meeting the students, he heard how they valued the on-the-job experience.

Seetec director Rob White also explained the value of learning how to prepare the ground for match days and corporate events, along with theoretical instruction.

He said the work experience "leads to a Level 1 award in facilities including hygiene and health and safety, and could also lead to being offered an apprenticeship at the club".

George Poole is a 17-year-old trainee at the ground and told the Echo the course had given him "a lifeline at an important time in my life and given me an opportunity to gain qualifications for the future".

He further complimented his Seetec instructor for the level of professional and personal support provided and stated that he hoped to gain his apprenticeship at the end of course.

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