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Issue Date:- 12 May 2008

Brabin appointed and Full-Time status retained...

SOUTHPORT Football Club are pleased to formally announce the appointment of Gary Brabin as full time manager.  After discussions with Gary Brabin it has been decided to retain a full time playing staff for next season in Blue Square North.  Chairman Charlie Clapham said:- "I am delighted to announce Gary Brabin as our new manager and we both believe we have exciting times ahead. 

We have continuity by retaining both Gary and our full time status which shows the club's ambitions.  Our decision also gives us a challenge to increase our commercial activities to fund our full time playing budget. 

We can all play a role, by increasing our shares in the club, by local Southport businesses advertising with us in a variety of ways, by participating in club fund raising activities, by purchasing season tickets and simply by being a member of our weekly £1 Goalden Lottery. 

Gary Brabin will be happy to present our £2,000 jackpot to winners on the pitch.  Gary Brabin has proved as player with us and more recently as manager he is a real winner with a winner's mentality.  As we don't like play off semi finals our objective is to win the league next season. 

We have quality in our squad and Gary will build on that.  Gary knows the challenges ahead and the reality of our situation.  He is a very focused person and very professional.  I am really looking forward with optimism for our future."

New Southport manager Gary Brabin added:- "I am really delighted to have got the job permanently and with full time status.  I believe it was vital the club retained full time status and I intend to make full time work in the Blue Square North.  The club has a full time structure ready for the Blue Square Premiership.  I am glad to be back home at Southport because that is how it feels.  I believe Southport Football Club should be no lower than half way down the Blue Square Premiership.I have real ambitions to manage Southport in the Football League.  But we must make a step at a time and we have a real job to be competing for promotion next season.I know we can achieve that.  I am proud to manage a club like Southport, it is an honour and I will give it everything I have got twenty four hours a day.  I hope we can match each others ambitions. 

We need everyone together in the squad, commercially and on the terraces, if we achieve that then we will move forward quickly.  I am looking forward to meeting our supporters on a regular basis, informally after matches or around the ground at training and formally at meet the manager nights and social occasions."

Two Liverpool colleges given a helping hand to get the most out of technology

BIRKENHEAD 6th Form College and Carmel College in St Helens have been selected from more than 250 applicants to benefit from specialist mentoring thorough the Technology Exemplar Network.

The Technology Exemplar Network, which is jointly led by Becta, the government agency for technology in learning, and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), was set up to help colleges and other learning providers working across England to share best practice in using technology.  Both colleges will get specialist support, learning from exemplarsleading the way in the effective use of technology.

The ten exemplars, who were announced last month, specialise in areas including student support and information management.  They have spearheaded innovations such as the development of the first further education television channel and the use of technology originally developed for the defence industry to support students with learning difficulties and disabilities. 

Bill Rammell MP, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, is supporting the scheme.  Mr Rammell said:- “By supporting providers across the country, the Technology Exemplar Network will greatly facilitate the sharing of best practice across the sector. 

The use of technology has the potential to make real improvements to learners’ experience.  Adopting technology and making a success of it is not easy – it requires effective leadership, investment and a willingness to experiment, and the network will be a great support to providers looking to take the next step.“

Jane Williams, Becta’s Executive Director for Further Education, Regeneration and Delivery, said: “This is the next stage in the development of the Technology Exemplar Network.  There has been significant investment in using technology in learning and we have evidence that this makes a measurable difference to learners. 

Becta believes that improvement comes from sharing best practice and supporting providers to deliver modern and flexible learning opportunities for the benefit of all learners in the FE and skills system. 

The Technology Exemplar Network will act as a great conduit to extend expertise to other providers and enable us to foster good practice throughout the system.”

Jon Gamble, LSC Director for Adults and Lifelong Learning said:- “The Technology Exemplar Network is an excellent way to share effective practice and is positioned to play a vital role in maximising the opportunities available for providers looking to enrich their students’ learning experience.”

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