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Aston Villa Foundation: Kozak heads back to school

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Aston Villa Foundation: Kozak heads back to school

Libor Kozak visited Eden Boys’ School as part of the Aston Villa Foundation’s Social Enterprise Academy programme.

The Czech striker answered business questions from the 2016 group and chatted about the need for motivation and dedication in order to succeed in a chosen career.

Kozak was also quizzed on what’s needed to make it a professional footballer as well as the role requirements of other figures at the club – including physiotherapists and the importance of club playing kit. 

He then signed autographs and chatted to students about their career aims and aspirations at the venue, a stone’s throw away from Villa Park.

Launched in September 2013, Social Enterprise Academy is an innovative programme, which engages young people in the study of social enterprise by using the football club as a template.

The original Enterprise Academy programme was started in 2008 by the Premier League in partnership with the Government Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and is still run by many clubs across the country.

This standard programme is a 10 week course that increases understanding of basic business principles through interactive learning opportunities.

Our pioneering programme enables students to take the business knowledge they learn and apply it in a project to create their own Social Enterprise that makes a difference in their community.

And, in taking part, students achieve a Level 1 certificate in Social Enterprise.

The programme is taught in schools for up to two hours per week over the course of a term by a dedicated Enterprise Academy tutor.

The course ends with the students following through with their business model - tackling a social issue addressed by the club's community programmes, club charity partners or their own school community.

Kozak said: "I enjoyed the afternoon.

"The kids were really nice.

"We had good talks. It was a pleasure.

"The work the Foundation carry out is important.

"It's good to come down to these sort of events.

"The questions the pupils asked were good, the right questions for their task."

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 12th October 2016