Sharks Community Trust launches Alternative Education Provision in Salford

Sharks Community Trust is excited to announce the launch of a new Alternative Education Provision programme at Eccles Rugby Club in Salford that combines sport, education and life skills to create some inspiring and exciting new specialist education provision for vulnerable and disengaged young people in Salford.


The Trust’s new Sharks On Track Alternative Provision programme, which will start in September,  will deliver inspiring, imaginative and fun learning to around 15 children aged 11 to 16 years old in Salford. The programme is aimed at young people who may have struggled to engage with mainstream education and who need more specialised provision, inspiring them to engage in education and achieve essential qualifications.



The programme will see Sharks Community Trust Tutors use sport to inspire engagement and aspiration, building resilience and self esteem through a curriculum that provides the following elements through a timetable which is flexible to meet the needs of every child:

  • Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Employability Skills
  • English and Maths Functional Skills and GCSE
  • Sports Leadership Award
  • Sport, enrichment and engagement activities
  • Mental resilience and life skill activities

The project aims to build on the innovative work achieved in Salford by its Advantage programme for NEET and disadvantaged 16-19 year olds, reducing the education inequality gap that exists for many children from disadvantaged communities, which has been exacerbated by school closures during the pandemic.




Des Howlett, Education Manager at Sharks Community Trust, said:

We are incredibly excited to add Sharks On Track Alternative Education Provision to our education offer and to build on the work already done to support young people in Salford through our Advantage programme.


We know the power that sport can have in inspiring the next generation, in building self-esteem and in raising aspiration and we are proud to start the Sharks On Track programme in an area that is working so hard to improve the learning and employment prospects for all of its children and young people. 


I am sure that this project will have a positive impact on the lives of the community and look forward to working with our partners to enable young people to have a brighter future and bridge the equality gap.”


Alison Warwood, Chief Executive Officer at Sharks Community Trust, said:

Sharks Community Trust has a commitment to inspiring young people and helping them develop resilience, self-esteem and skills for their future careers.  Building on the already incredible work of Sale Sharks Community Trust, the roll-out of the Sharks On Track programme will positively benefit so many lives and we are exceptionally proud to be starting it in Salford.


For more information on the project email or to find out more about the work of the Sharks Community Trust, visit

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