Coach praises Education Pathway after University Graduation

Football in the Community’s Disability Inclusion Officer Macauley Short has today heaped praise on the Community Schemes Education Pathway, after officially graduating from University this week.

Macauley studied on our BTEC Education Program before heading to Vision West Notts’ University Centre for three years to further his education, achieving a second class honours in Sports Coaching and Development.

Speaking of his journey, Macauley said “I’m delighted to have completed my degree and really feel the influence FITC’s Education Program had on me gave me the drive and confidence to go to university in the first place.

“University is a very different learning environment and I believe that studying here [at Football in the Community] first helped prepare me for that, as it’s not as formal as sixth-form or college, you’re treated as more of an adult which really helped me focus on what I was trying to achieve and focus on the path I wanted to take.”

During his three years working towards his degree, Macauley worked part time as a Community Coach with Football in the Community before accepting the full time post as Disability Inclusion Officer.


He added “Many courses promise a pathway into a work but very few deliver, here at Football in the Community you really see those opportunities present themselves with apprenticeships, part time and full time employment, along with the opportunity to study elsewhere and better themselves – I’d certainly encourage anyone with an interest in sport to join our current program, as it keeps getting better and better”

Speaking of Macauleys achievements, Head of CCO Mark Hemingray said “We’re all delighted for Macca who we’ve known since he was a youngster attending our Holiday clubs! His attitude has always been second to none with the work rate to match and he fully deserves the credit for the progress he’s made”

Mansfield Town Football in the Community are now recruiting new students for the 2020/21 Academic Year which will see changes to the current program, with students studying on a similar course to Macauley, a Level Three Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development, whilst our students will be entered into the EFL Trusts new CEFA League, an 11 a side football games program.

Anyone interested in joining FITC for the new course, should contact Education Officer Elizabeth Regan on 01623 656 920 or email to arrange a meeting to discuss the course in more details, include what pathways are available and to find out more about student bursaries where applicable.