POST 16 EDUCATION | Places available for Football in the Community’s BTEC education course.

Months of studying came to a head this morning as youngsters across the country collected their GCSE results, and whilst many will know what their future holds when September comes, a large percentage still have tough decisions to make.

Mansfield Town Football in the Community are encouraging students stuck in limbo over what do in the new academic year with an interest in sport, to come and speak about their options and consider enrolling on our BTEC program.

The BTEC Level Three Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sport is the equivalent of three A-levels and has proven pathways into higher education, with students gaining the skills and experiences to progress into careers in coaching, physiotherapy, personal training, teaching and much more.

Elizabeth Regan, Education Officer at Football in the Community, said “Many parents sometimes write-off how much of a positive impact a BTEC can have when it comes to kick-starting a career.

“Some students who aren’t quite sure about what they want to do that doing four A-Levels will give them more options, but that’s not always the case as to commit to another year/ two years of studying, it has to be something they enjoy doing

“Committing to full time study on one particular course can really help to focus a student, and we put a real emphasis on helping our students to really engage with their learning and develop a real passion for what they’re learning.

“We also find that some students perform better in smaller class sizes which is something we pride ourselves on in order to give our learners as much dedicated tutor time as possible”

Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s ‘Foosteps Education Program’ will see students enrol on a two year course, studying towards a BTEC Level Three Diploma/ Extended Diploma in Sport with students also having the opportunity to progress within Football in the Community itself, with apprenticeship and employment pathways on offer each academic year

They’ll also train every day with Football in the Community coaches and represent the Community Scheme against other Football League sides at Futsal in weekly competitive league matches.

“Throughout the course students are given great opportunities to develop as adults within the working world, often given the chance to do work experience with other FITC coaches within schools and other community activities.

“It makes me extremely proud to see how students progress, during my three years in post all leavers have gone onto either Higher Education, work-based learning or Full Time employment within the Sports sector” Added Elizabeth.

Any student, or parent/ guardian, wishing to enrol on the program for the forthcoming year are welcome to drop into the Football in the Community office, based at the One Call Stadium next Tuesday or Wednesday to speak directly with the Education Officer – alternatively they can email or call 01623 656 920.