Post 16 Education | Recruitment Open Evening

Mansfield Town Football in the Community are seeking to continue their excellent record with Post 16 Education, and are now recruiting for students for the 2020/21 Academic Year.

The ‘Footsteps Education Program’ helps to put students on the right track to a career, offering a BTEC Level Three Diploma/ Extended diploma in Sport (Sports Coaching and Development) which over the past three academic years, has helped all students on the program, get into full time or part time work, higher education or apprenticeships.

Across the two-year program, students will study a maximum of 19 units (extended diploma, 13 diploma) to get them equipped for career pathways into coaching, teaching, physiotherapy, sports science and much more.

Mansfield Town Football in the Community’s Education Officer Elizabeth Regan said “A career in sport extends way beyond just playing, which many youngsters don’t always realise – we take huge pride in shaping our program towards careers and helping pupils into the working world.

“We tend to work with smaller class sizes which has seen great results in focussing students with more dedicated teaching time helping to lead to a real progression for them – I’m extremely proud to see 100% of ex-pupils go onto Higher Education, Apprenticeships or full time or part time employment at the conclusion of the course.”

Our next open evening takes place at Football in the Community, One Call Stadium, Quarry Lane, Mansfield on Thursday 17th October 6-7.30pm for parents and pupils alike to come along and find out further information on how the Foosteps Education Program can put you on the right path.

Football in the Community also take immense pride in offering opportunities to pupils, with 35% of its current staff coming through the education program.

One of which is Disability Inclusion Officer Macauley Short who progressed from the program into university and since completing his degree, has accepted a full time role within FITC.

Speaking on the impact the Education Program has had, Macauley said “The program was a major boost for me, I’m really grateful that the course put more focus on education and pathways, rather than chasing the dream of just playing.

“It really opened my eyes as to the possibilities that were out there for me and the support from FITC in achieving those goals proved really valuable.

“A lot of 16 year olds just want to play and make it through to be a professional footballer but the reality is only a small percentage actually make it – meaning a large proportion fall through the net, yet with something like this [BTEC] under their belt, they could see a really a new path to follow which could lead to a long career still within sport.”

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