Young people in Forth Valley are again being given the chance to boost their job prospects by signing up for an exciting new programme.

The Newtown Kicks course is aimed at 16 to 24-year-olds and is being held at Newtown Park in Bo’ness over a 10-week period starting in June.

The course is being hosted by the Newtown Park Association (NPA) and delivered by the Falkirk Foundation. It is the second course of this kind to be held at Newtown Park following on from a hugely successful venture in 2022.

Just as with the previous course, attendees will spend two days a week at Newtown Park and their time will be divided between classroom-based activities aimed at preparing them for employment, and physical activities on the pitch.

Participants will be able to achieve the Full Employability Award made up of three SQA units, as well as improving their physical health and wellbeing and developing new skills and social connections.

“Through working together in the classroom facilities and on the pitch at Newtown Park, we hope to improve on teamwork, leadership and confidence in each of the young people who take part in the programme, with them working in groups and making new friends whilst keeping active,” said Grant Ferguson, physical activity and wellbeing officer at the Falkirk Foundation.

The Newtown Kicks course is aimed at people looking to gain support to get into work, anyone looking to try something new or participants who are interested in sports and fitness.

It is hoped that between 10-12 young people will attend the course, which starts on June 13.

To put someone forward for this course, email Grant Ferguson with the name, age and contact details of the young person and include a short sentence outlining his or her suitability for the programme.

The course underlines the NPA’s commitment to making Newtown Park accessible to the wider community in the Bo’ness area, with ambitious plans for a £2.75m community hub within the ground continuing to make progress.