CelticFC Foundation

Learning Centre

At Celtic FC Foundation, Learning is a key pillar of what we do. Education is a crucial factor in enabling our society to move forward. Our ability to deliver education to those in need can range from Celtic Learning Centre sessions - which now forms part of Celtic FC Foundation, through assisted learning, scholarships, providing musical instruments, digital learning, adult learning and life management. These provisions are not exhaustive and allow us to continue to help build a confident and self-sufficient community.

The Celtic Learning Centre was opened in February, 2006 and was developed in association with Glasgow City Council. The official launch took place on May 8, 2008 and was opened by Brian Wilson MP, Richard Barron Depute Director of Education and Celtic FC Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell.

These initial courses proved hugely successful with a success rate of over 86%. Further discussions took place on the back of these successes and a decision was made to build the Learning Centre as a permanent educational facility where we could develop a range of education initiatives accessible to all Glasgow Schools.

To date, 29 Secondary Schools and over 100 primary schools have benefited from our education programmes.

Today, the Learning Centre features 24 PC workstations, full IT capability, plasma screens, a 'smart board' facility and social area. This high tech centre has the potential to engage approximately 10,000 youngsters and adults each academic year.

Over the years the Celtic Learning Centre has gone from strength to strength and continues to provide a safe, fun and education environment.

The Centre is also an accredited Centre for the etwinning community with over 100,000 schools registered across Europe.

At Celtic Learning we aim to:

  • Create a Learning Environment which is fun, active and motivational, meeting the needs of all and encouraging achievement
  • Develop and maintain relationships based on equality, fairness and mutual respect
  • Work together with schools and the wider community to nurture a sense of respect
  • Actively promote physical, emotional and mental well being.
  • Develop skills for life learning and work
  • Needs led, supporting where possible school initiatives


Programmes we offer


The context for each session is directly related to second level Curriculum for Excellence numeracy experiences and outcomes with some links to football, sport, Celtic Football Club and many other football teams. Celtic Park is used as an outdoor learning environment. Children are able to undertake sessions in the Learning Centre, trackside, in the Boardroom and in the dressing room at Celtic Park.


Children are involved in the production of a mini magazine over six sessions of one and a half hours. The context for the project would be UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League competitions, thus allowing a slightly fresh focus each session, however, maintaining a relevance to Celtic Football Club.


English as an additional Language:

Learning a new language encourages children and young people to broaden their horizons as they explore the language and its associated culture. The study of language plays an important role in all language learning and the development of literacy skills. The digital skills element develops young peoples knowledge in this field.


Modern languages:

The diversity of staff within Celtic Football Club, including players at every level, exemplifies the importance of learning a modern language. It has been found that boys in particular find it difficult to engage in this field.


The Media Production course is run in partnership with CelticTV, Celtic FC’s channel. The media course entails a combination of drama, media and technologies experiences and outcomes which build upon the skills that are embedded in the curriculum.


Web Design:

The web design course uses industry recognised software to develop skills of web construction by young people. This project captures a permanent digital record of the work of our young people , linking to school coursework in line with a Curriculum for Excellence.


Code Club:

Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after-school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The projects  teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites.


Employability Courses:

Working alongside organisations such as Action for Children, Chaophraya Restaurant, Breathing Space and the Learning Centre offers employability skills courses to support young people gain meaningful employment.

This programme is supported by Celtic FC Foundation Coaches and DAMM Environmental Ltd which offer work placements and Health & Safety in the Workplace Training, which is leading to Modern Apprenticeships for successful participants. 


Matchday Visit Programme

Classes from the participating schools on our Learning Centre courses are invited along to a home match to experience the delights of Celtic Park as a reward for their hard work.

The school match visit programme has been in place for over 20 years. The Match visit emphasises the message of respect which permeates all our courses and of Celtic being ‘open to all’.


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