Education Restructure | STUDENTS WANTED!

From the 2020/21 Academic Year, Mansfield Town Football in the Community are restructuring the Education Pathway for post 16 students – offering one of the countries newest sporting qualifications and enrolling on a new games programme.

We are now seeking students to join our Education Pathway in September and play their way to a better future. The BTEC Level Three Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development will encourage students to fulfil their potential and discover more about the possibilities of a prolonged career in Sport, with a coursework based approach to learning.


Students will also get numerous opportunities to discover and try the career options available to them throughout the two-year course, including the chance to work with Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s experienced coaching team – gaining valuable first-hand experience.

Elizabeth Regan, Education Officer at Football in the Community, said “we’re really excited about the new education pathway which will better suit our students’ development. A lot of youngsters are pointed towards playing and education takes a backseat, but the number who don’t break through into a playing career is far greater than those who do and as such, those unsuccessful students are left in limbo.

“Our program is designed to provide students with a solid educational base for their futures, whilst simultaneously maintaining that desire to keep playing, as we switch from Futsal to eleven-a-side in the new CEFA (Community and Education Football Alliance) league, playing weekly matches against other Football League Trust sides”

Students will be provided with a training kit, laptop and will be based at Mansfield Town Football Clubs One Call Stadium, training daily with a UEFA B qualified coach and studying in an OFSTED rated Good Education facility, overseen by our expert staff. Bursary?

To be eligible for the course, students must achieve a minimum of FOUR GCSE’s grade 9-4 OR any BTEC Level Two qualification. For further information or to arrange a one to one meeting with our Education Officer, please email or call 01623 656 920.

Football in the Community are also hosting two open events for potential students to discover more about the new course, with an open evening for parents and students on Thursday 6th February 4-6pm and an open training session on Tuesday 18th February, 10am to 12noon at the One Call Stadium

Register your interest here >>

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What will you study? BTEC Level Three Diploma or Extended Diploma is Sports Coaching and Development

How long is the course? Two Years full time study program

Where will you study? Mansfield Town Football in the Community, One Call Stadium, Mansfield

Age requirement: 16 to 19 (as of 31st August)

Entry Criteria: Four GCSE’s Grade 9-4, or BTEC Level Two in Sport

Example of units Included: Developing Coaching Skills, anatomy and physiology in sport, technical and tactical skills in sport, nutrition for sports performance, rules regulations and officiating in sport

Assessment Method: 100% Coursework via online portal (laptop provided where necessary)

Means tested bursary available for some learners. 


What will you play? Eleven-A-Side Football, grass pitches

How often are matches? Weekly, home and away fixtures against other Football League Trust opponents (regionalised)

How often are training sessions? Daily, overseen by an experienced UEFA B licenced coach and supported by Football in the Community experienced coaches

Where will you train? Mansfield Town Football in the Community, One Call Stadium, Mansfield

Age requirement: 16 to 19 (as of 31st August)

Selection Criteria: Open to all footballing ability and experience, we do NOT hold trials – this is not an elite program. Selection for matches is dictated by the Education Officer and Development Coach, dependant on academic targets.

Competition: CEFA League, Regionalised / National cup competitions where applicable


35% of Football in the Community Staff (2020) have come through our education pathway, being offered either full time or part time work, or an apprenticeship

Upon competition of the BTEC Level Three Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development, students have a wide variety of options available to them – including the opportunity to join Football in the Community’s staff.

Educational Pathway

Apprenticeships . Higher Education (College) . Higher Education (University) . Scholarships

Possible Career pathways 

Sports Coach . Teacher . Physiotherapist . Sports Scientist/ Analyst .  Journalist . Legal Executive with Sports Specialism . Personal Trainer . Business

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