Looking for core learning during the pandemic? Kellie Maloney’s new company Education Through Sport and Diversity is offering OFSTED-recognised qualifications…
By Jon Holmes, Sports Media LGBT+
A new education company placing sport and LGBT+ inclusion at the heart of its programmes is inviting applications for its online courses.
Renowned boxing promoter Kellie Maloney is part of the team at Education Through Sport and Diversity (ETS&D), which is looking to encourage young people who want to access learning online during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to get in touch.
“We’re a company that will help young people who might not fit into mainstream education,” says Kellie.
“We’re doing quite a bit with the LGBT community, because we find a lot of them struggle at school and may even have dropped out.”
Eight-week courses in English, maths and communications skills are available, taught by experienced professionals and assessors, with the resulting qualifications recognised by OFSTED. The courses are free of charge and funded by the Government.
Kellie’s colleagues Darren Ryan and Danny Baker are overseeing recruitment, with Danny having come on board as a consultant after meeting Kellie while preparing for a Courage Boxing night.
The charity event in aid of akt – for which Danny has already raised over £1500 towards a current overall total of £12,000 – was due to be held in Clapham earlier this month but had to be postponed at short notice as the country went into lockdown.
“Danny’s been a great help and contact. I went down to do a talk and training session with the fighters, and we’ve become very good friends,” says Kellie.
There’ll be much more to come from ETS&D when the coronavirus crisis is over. Kellie has put together a multi-week course covering what it takes to be a boxing promoter – she returned to the sport last year to manage Northern Ireland’s Cathy McAleer – and will deliver classes personally in east London alongside friends and colleagues from the industry.
Meanwhile, tuition in music production will also be made available, as well as football coaching and fitness instructing.
Celebrating diversity is a central thread which runs through the ETS&D experience, says Kellie. For those students who are LGBT+, or who think they might be but may not yet be comfortable saying so, there’ll be advice on looking after your mental health, strategies for coming out to friends and family, how to be a good ally to other LGBT+ people, and next steps.
Danny, who is trans, will be among those sharing what he’s learned. “He’ll give a lecture because he’s obviously gone through it himself,” says Kellie. “As he’ll tell you, he walked out of school where, like me, he was a different gender to what he is now.
“It’s at that time in your life where your problems are, because you can’t accept yourself – we want to help people face their true selves.”
For enquiries, contact Darren Ryan on firstname.lastname@example.org