Catering students gain work placements with Gloucester Rugby

8 July 2015
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Club Chef Will Carvalho with the Gloucester Rugby squad. © Martin Bennett/Gloucester Rugby

Three Gloucestershire College Catering and Hospitality students are lucky enough to have snapped up work placements at Gloucester Rugby and will be working with the club’s Performance Chef, Will Carvalho, to prepare meals for the Aviva Premiership players from September.

Keen rugby players and fans themselves,16-year-old Linzi Moulder from Dursley, and 19-year-old Karl Constant and 20-year-old James Burgwyn from Gloucester, will learn invaluable skills for their future careers on their placements, including food preparation, nutrition, sports nutrition, hygiene, budgets, costings, cleaning and health and safety.

During the one-year placements, in which they will spend at least two days a week at the club, the students will be working and interacting with the club’s top class players and coaches, and there may even be opportunities for them to watch live games and engage in the excitement of being involved with a club and community firmly entrenched in the build up to the Rugby World Cup 2015.

The time frame will allow for the next budding students at the College to come through the system, prove their worth and show their lecturers that they have the potential to take on a role at Gloucester Rugby. The three successful placements each year will follow a rota system, organised by Chef Carvalho, so they can combine their studies at college with real vocational studies.

Gloucester Rugby’s Head of Strength and Conditioning, Paddy Anson, said: “The chef work placements will be vital to Gloucester Rugby as the students will have a fundamental role in assisting Will Carvalho with the preparation of meals for elite athletes.

“This is a unique opportunity in professional sport and will set them up for future employment, provided they work hard and take on board the expert advice. Will has over 17 years’ experience in the field and has been a Head Chef for seven years. He has learnt to deal with pressure, deadlines, budgets and most importantly, the management of his staff. This experience can only be invaluable for the young students to complement the experts they have learnt from at Gloucestershire College’s Catering school.”

Head of Catering and Hospitality, Gareth Crwys-Williams, added: “We are dedicated to offering our students opportunities to enhance their skills and experience alongside their studies, which make them more employable once they have successfully completed their course at Gloucestershire College.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to work with the world famous Gloucester Rugby Club – one I would have jumped at when I was a student – and we look forward to supporting them on their exciting journey.”

For more information about Catering and Hospitality courses at Gloucestershire College visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/catering or call Student Service on 0345 155 2020.

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