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Blueline Training Academy offer fast track course for a career in beauty

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Blueline Training Academy offer a step in the right direction for those wanting to get into the beauty business.

Since they opened their doors in 2015, the Blueline Training Academy has offered a range of training opportunities and learning experiences for those hoping to break into beauty.

The training school is famous for its high quality, professional and friendly beauty, hair, nail and make-up courses. Their doors are not only open to beginners hoping to kick off their career, existing beauty therapists who are looking to learn new skills can sign up for their courses too, in a fast-paced and fun environment.

You hard work will land you a Beauty Academy diploma or VTCT qualification, which are respected within the industry and put you head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to looking for work in your chosen field.

“We pride ourselves on having specialist and experienced tutors to ensure our clients and trainees get the most from their time at our academy,” they say.

“At BLTA, we teach our courses in small groups so as to benefit the students’ learning during training. We also offer 1-to-1 training courses. Our fast-track courses are great for beginners who are starting out in the beauty therapy/holistic therapy, as well as professionals within the industry who want to further their career.”

Fast-track courses can start from as little as £80, and with courses such as make-up, nail art, henna, eye treatments, body massage, waxing, threading, manicure, pedicure, gel polish, employability skills, functional skills, customer services and hairdressing, there’s a lot to be learned.

As a student at the Blueline Training Academy, you can rest assured that you will be supported through your time there by their highly-trained support team. Staff are on hand Monday to Friday (9.00am – 5.30pm) to support their students throughout their studies and beyond, and their friendly and efficient booking team will ensure your booking is processed swiftly.

With so many options, learning at the Blueline Training Academy is flexible. They have internal and external tutors who are able to deliver courses at any location that is suitable for the learners. They strive to help students achieve their goals and help them to become successful individuals.

If you’re interested in learning at the Blueline Training Academy, here’s what you need to know: You must be over 19 years of age and eligible to study in the UK. Paying for your course can be done in instalments – payment schemes are flexible and 0% interest - but if you are currently employed in the industry, your employer may contribute towards your fees. Alternatively, you might be entitled to an Advanced Learning Loan.

Even if you’re not looking to learn how to perform beauty treatments yourself, you can still pop down to the Blueline Trainin Academy to get pampered. At the Blueline Training Academy they boast a wide variety of beauty, holistic and hairdressing treatments which are carried out in their luxury candlelit treatment rooms, so you can refresh and revitalise with their services.

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A milestone of memories

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Children and coaches celebrate 10 years of the academy

STRONGER TOGETHER: Children and coaches celebrate 10 years of the academy

Testimonial tournament celebrates 10 years of Manningham

Ten years ago, Manningham Football Academy held its first training session, with 20 children turning out at the local sports centre for ‘a bit of a kick around’.

This past week, over 100 youngsters from across the local area gathered at the same spot for a special testimonial tournament, where slices of cake were served up alongside a game of football.

Over the last decade, the club has overseen the sporting development of thousands of children.

Weekly training sessions have helped launch five junior sides and also provided a number of aspiring coaches with the chance to earn their FA coaching badges.

Founded by Khalil Hussain in 2006, the ‘Manningham born and bred’ qualified coach has always been passionate about sport and says he was delighted to celebrate the latest milestone on Thursday 22nd December.

“In all honesty I didn’t think it would be as successful and as brilliant as it has been,” he said. “It’s just amazing how it’s all turned out.”

He added: “I just want to make sure that young people from my community have access to football and get the chance to play the beautiful game.

“It’s also about moulding them to become better people and socialise with new friends.

“We’re here to be those people to support them through that process.”

Khalil established Manningham Academy with the aim of getting one child into the setup of a professional football club.

CELEBRATIONS: Khalil Hussain founded Manningham Football Academy in 2006 and has helped train over 5,000 young players

CELEBRATIONS: Khalil Hussain founded Manningham Football Academy in 2006 and has helped train over 5,000 young players

Although he is still striving towards this goal, he says he is willing to continue his highly praised work for the benefit of the children.

“I did have a vision of getting young people to the next level to play semi-pro football and that’s still the vision I have today,” he said. “I thought, if I could do that, then I could retire.

“Looking at where we are today, it might be another 10, 20 or 50 years before we achieve this but as long as the children are enjoying themselves I’m happy to keep going.

“I genuinely enjoy working with young people in the community at this grassroots level and that’s why I do it.

“It’s about giving young people that opportunity. Bradford gets less segregated through sport because our kids go out there and mix with other areas.

Former Bradford City midfielder, Des Hamilton, was amongst the special guests at the anniversary event last week and was full of praise for the exciting setup.

He watched on as children from as young as 10 showed off their talents in the specially organised tournament before helping with the trophy presentation.

With the chance to eventually play open age for the academy should a semi-pro club not offer any places, there is certainly motivation to succeed in Manningham.

“We have one of the most diverse teams in Yorkshire in our open age setup,” Khalil added.

“There are black, white, Asian and Eastern European players, all playing together. It’s not just about the football but they are actually really good and have achieved three promotions already.”

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Students to host a special evening for local Syrian families

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INVITATION: Students from Dixons City Academy’s Syrian Action Team have organised a special event for the local Syrian population

INVITATION: Students from Dixons City Academy’s Syrian Action Team have organised a special event for the local Syrian population

A warm welcome to Bradford

Bradford’s title as a ‘City of Sanctuary’ will be further reinforced by some of the region’s younger members next month as a special refugee welcoming event is staged at Dixons City Academy.

Sixth form students at the school are currently organising a special evening for the city’s Syrian population, which continues to grow as the UK lives up to its commitment to resettle 20,000 Syrians over the next five years.

Over 100 families from the war-torn nation currently reside in Bradford, more than any other city in England.

Ihsan Ahmed, who is part of the DCA Syrian Action Team, explained why the students were so eager to help some of city’s newest residents.

“As sixth form students we were devastated to hear about the news in regards with Syria over the summer,” he said.

“So after the holidays, we have been working closely with Horton Housing Association in Bradford, who are involved with housing new refugees arriving in Bradford.

“We have been told that they will bring around 100 Syrian refugees to our event. It has been organised to welcome the Syrian refugees to Bradford and to show our support for them.”

On the night, attendees will receive free food and gifts, many of which have been donated by local businesses after being approached by the students.

Over £1,000 has also been raised as part of the project to provide extra support for local refugees.

Debbie Vickerman, Student Voice co-ordinator at Dixons was full of praise for the attitude the students had shown.

“When the children first approached me about helping the refugees, we had a number of ideas,” she said.

“After doing some research, we found that driving down to Calais with a bus full of supplies might not be the best way of making an impact as so many people are doing that.

“Instead, the children have been working hard to organise this event here at the school to give local Syrian families a special night which I’m sure they will love.”

The group consulted Abdul Aziz, from Horton Housing, about what to include on the night due to his close relationship with many of the city’s Syrian families.

Amongst the events on the night will be an auction, party games and a sit down meal. Dignitaries, including councillors, the Lord Mayor, school governors and police chiefs will all be in attendance.

The event will run from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 21st April.

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Grammar School at Leeds produces more Asian academic aces

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ACADEMICS: Shahzaib and Manjari are hoping to study at Cambridge University after receiving conditional offers

ACADEMICS: Shahzaib and Manjari are hoping to study at Cambridge University after receiving conditional offers

Cambridge kids

Two bright sparks from the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), 17-year-old Shahzaib Ahmed and 18-year-old Manjari Dhar, have got their eyes set on the cloisters of Cambridge University after receiving conditional offers from the prestigious academic institution.

The pair are just two of ten students from GSAL hoping to attend one of the Oxbridge establishments when they begin university life later this year.

Shahzaib is hoping for the perfect birthday present, as his 18th birthday falls on the same day as the results.

“It will be an interesting birthday,” he said. “I will be receiving my results in the morning and will only know then whether I have achieved the grades I need.”

The talented teen is looking to forge a career as a brain surgeon or neurosurgeon and has been predicted two A*s and an A. He is quietly confident that he will achieve his goals so that he can study at St John’s.

Shazaib’s letter arrived in the post a day later than most applicants, which made for a ‘hand-trembling’ envelope opening.

He said: “My parents actually opened the letter for me because I wasn’t at home when it arrived in the post.

“They told me it was a heavy envelope so I told them to just open it because I wanted to know what was inside. I was really happy when they said I had been accepted and look forward to reading medicine at Cambridge.”

Meanwhile, Manjari is hoping to go to Cambridge University’s Newnham College to read mathematics.  She found out that she had been accepted by email and needs to attain two A*s and two As for her place.

To make it even more challenging, Manjari is required to complete a series of extra exams, set by the renowned university.

She will have to undertake the STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) - a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.

“My family are very proud of me and it feels amazing to be accepted to such a recognised university,” she said.

“There are some very tough exams coming up but the support at the school has been great and I feel ready for them.”

It has been a long road for the students who have been studying hard since Lower Sixth.

Shazaib said: “It’s been a long process, having to apply early and taking the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) in November, which fell directly before the interviews in December.

“The mock interviews at school were a confidence booster and helped me prepare to demonstrate how good I would be as a doctor and my scientific knowledge. Overall I was surprised and really happy to get the offer.”

Both pupils will become the first members of their families to attend university in the UK when they officially enrol later this year.

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‘An ‘Onna’ to teach them’: Ju-Jitsu club storm through northern championships

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LEADER: Sensai Mumtaz Khan runs the Onna Ju-Jitsu Club who recently came away with a record 15 medals from the Bushido Academy Northern Championships

LEADER: Sensai Mumtaz Khan runs the Onna Ju-Jitsu Club who recently came away with a record 15 medals from the Bushido Academy Northern Championships

A martial arts club from Bradford are celebrating a huge medals haul this month after clinching 15 podium finishes in the renowned Bushido Academy Northern Championships.

Onna Ju-Jitsu club, based in Girlington, continue to go from strength-to-strength under the leadership of Sensei Mumtaz Khan, with over 400 members currently training throughout the week.

The Northern Championships, in Chester, proved to be a historic day for the club who claimed their highest tally of medals at one single event.

Mumtaz, who previously worked full time in a bank before electing to pursue a career in her true passion of Ju-Jitsu, said she was ‘extremely proud’ of her students’ efforts.

“To come away from such a big tournament with 15 medals is a fantastic achievement,” she said.

“Team Onna are not only selected on ability but attitude as well and every single student who competed in Chester was a credit to the club.

“Everyone gave their best and that is what we work hard to achieve. A special thanks must go to Sensei Babar Raheem and Sempei Adeeb Hussain who work so hard with the kids.”

Amongst the winners on the day was young 12-year-old Safa Zahid, who after confusion with the registration forms, eventually finished up competing in the boy’s division.

Despite being towered over by some opponents, the determined competitor secured her first ever medal as she earned Bronze with an amazing individual display.

Also picking up her first podium finish was Sensei Jabila, Progress Leader at St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic Grammar School, who made a fantastic debut at the competitions as she secured a further Bronze medal in the Continuous Fighting category.

With success running through the club, Mumtaz also registered her first hat-trick of medals, taking away a full collection of Bronze, Silver and Gold.

“I would like to dedicate my hat-trick win to my late brother, Haqnawaz Khan – known as Andy, who passed away in August,” she added. “I remember being five-years-old and being bullied in a school playground and Andy jumped in to rescue me.  

“He told me ‘I can't be there to protect you all the time so you need to fight back’ and that is what I have done.”

SUCCESS: The 14 representatives of Onna Ju-Jitsu club who came away with a huge medals haul

SUCCESS: The 14 representatives of Onna Ju-Jitsu club who came away with a huge medals haul

Mumtaz’s passion for Ju-Jitsu has led to her training seven days a week with pupils of all ages and abilities.

Starting the club as a side project during her studies at university, Onna Ju-Jitsu is now one of the largest club’s in the region.

Last year, the outfit were named Satellite Club of the Year by Sport England, and were presented with their Gold award at the Houses of Parliament.

Now, with so much success under their belts, the future of the club looks ever brighter under the leadership of Mumtaz.

“The club is like a family to me,” Mumtaz added. “We look out for each other and it is more than just about Ju-Jitsu.

“I am so proud of every student who shows the right attitude in the sport because that is how you reach your full potential.

“I have the perfect job here and I wouldn’t trade it or any of my students for anything.”

Other medal winners from Onna Ju-Jitsu at the Northern Championships were Eesa Yunis, Yoosuf Ghani, Ismail Ghani, Ibrahim Yunis, Idrees Haider, Tegan Johnson, Maryam Khan and Maleehah Hussain.

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Academy celebrates new status

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OPEN: Southmere Academy principal, Hayley Marshall, and chief executive of Northern Education Trust, Nick Kershaw, mark the official launch of the academy

OPEN: Southmere Academy principal, Hayley Marshall, and chief executive of Northern Education Trust, Ian Kershaw, mark the official launch of the academy

Re-opening of academy brings celebrations to Southmere

A primary school in Bradford celebrated its official relaunch as an academy earlier this week as children took centre stage for an entertaining afternoon.

Southmere Primary Academy earned its new status in September 2014 yet only officially marked the successful changeover on Monday 16th March with dozens of guests in attendance.

Amongst the special visitors on the day was the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons, who was joined by parents and other stakeholders as they were treated to a number of performances from some talented acts.

PERFORMERS: Bhangra dancers from the school took centre stage to entertain guests

PERFORMERS: Bhangra dancers from the school took centre stage to entertain guests

Bhangra dancers, the Southmere Street Crew and choir were all on hand to showcase their skills whilst pictures were presented to speakers from the children.

Principal Hayley Marshall, who has been head teacher for the past seven years, says the day was the perfect way to mark the beginning of the next chapter for the school.

“As with everything we do at the academy, children were at the heart of the day with some fantastic acts on show for everyone to enjoy,” she said.

“Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it just showed a glimpse of the diversity we have here at Southmere.”

ART: Pupils handed over framed pieces of art to speakers on the day

ART: Pupils handed over framed pieces of art to speakers on the day

Explaining what the new academy status means for the school, on top of the new welcomed uniforms for the children, Miss Marshall added: “It is a really positive move for everyone involved.

“We decided to make the change because we are an innovative school and have developed a curriculum for the pupils which will enable them to excel with more freedom and creativity.

“There is already a good standard for literacy and numeracy here, whilst arts and creativity is on the rise.

“By achieving our ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted in June 2013, it allowed us to gain the right support to make the move into an academy and everyone has responded magnificently so far.”

An academy is an independent school which is funded by the state and independent of the local authority, receiving its funding direct from central government.

Southmere became an academy as part of the Northern Education Trust.

INTERESTED: Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons, and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Elizabeth Sharp, visited the academy as part of its relaunch

INTERESTED: Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons, and Lady Mayoress, Mrs Elizabeth Sharp, visited the academy as part of its relaunch

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Cafe pays tribute to local bobby

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OPEN: Students celebrate the launch of the newly branded cafe with ‘PC Joe’ (pictured l-r) Year 11 pupils: Annica Khanom, Sajjidur Rahman, Abdul Salah, and Anishah Ahmed, and PC Joe Cahill

OPEN: Students celebrate the launch of the newly branded cafe with ‘PC Joe’ (pictured l-r) Year 11 pupils: Annica Khanom, Sajjidur Rahman, Abdul Salah, and Anishah Ahmed, and PC Joe Cahill

Students vote in favour of ‘Joe’s Coffee’

A Birmingham high school has shown its appreciation for the tireless work of one of its local police officers, who even learned Urdu and Hindi to speak with students, by naming the students’ café after him.

The eatery known as ‘Joe’s Coffee’ is based at Broadway Academy in Perry Barr and is a tribute to neighbourhood officer PC Joe Cahill, who has been policing the area for over 25 years.

Joe is such a familiar face around the school that the 1,300 pupils touchingly voted to name their revamped snack area in honour of him.

Dubbed ‘PC Joe’ by the students, the officer is part of the local neighbourhood policing team for Aston, which maintains close links with the school as part of their daily neighbourhood duties.

In particular, Joe’s devotion to the pupils and staff has helped reduce crime, bullying and make the school a safer place.

Three years ago the school provided a purpose built police base within the grounds using funding from the ‘New Deal for Communities’ scheme.

Neighbourhood officers and PCSOs covering Aston and Perry Barr are now based within the school and the proximity to the pupils and local community has benefited the whole area.

Joe said: “There is a phenomenal amount of work going on between the police, school and local community. I call into the school each day on my beat and the students all come up to me and have a chat.

“They see me as a person they can speak to and if there is a problem I am there. In the past a 16-year-old would never have spoken to an officer if they were in trouble, but now they have been talking to me for years and they know me.”

To ensure even better communication with students at the school, who are predominately Asian, Joe has even learnt to speak Urdu and Hindi.

Head teacher Ron Skelton said: “The school has an excellent relationship with both Joe and the local neighbourhood team and the wider community.

“Given some of the problems schools have faced in the area, the work between Broadway School, West Midlands Police and the community has enabled us to become a centre of excellence for community cohesion and as a consequence a safer community for us all.”

 

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