Post 16 Students ready to take the next step as Academic Year ends | Education Pathway

Mansfield Town Football in the Community are today wishing its Year 13 Students all the best of the luck for the future, as the 2019-20 Academic Year comes to an end and Football in the Community prepare to relaunch its Education Pathway in September.

Since the UK went into lockdown, the five year 13 students have been working remotely to complete their second and final year of study with us, supported through digital one to one study sessions.

Elizabeth Regan, Education Officer, said “It is a very strange way to be finishing the academic year and for the learners to complete this final stage of their formal compulsory education. We can’t have any form of graduation under current circumstances and I haven’t seen the learners in person since the second week in March which is very strange!

“However, all the learners are leaving us having met or exceeded their academic target grade of which they should be extremely proud, particularly with the circumstances of their study for the last four months.

“Alongside that, and just as important, they have developed as young adults over the past two years, becoming more confident in their own abilities and in themselves as people. They have had opportunities to coach and referee alongside Football in the Community staff, they have learned more about the game of Futsal and how to play it in a competitive situation.

“They have also learned how to deal better with winning and losing gracefully in these situations. All took part in our first ever Autumn NCS programme which all seemed to enjoy and pushed themselves out of their comfort zone whilst on the residential to try new activities.

“I would like to take the opportunity to say a massive well done and congratulations to all of the learners and wish them the very best of everything as they move forward from this point and remind them that we will be here should they need any help or support along the way.”

Following the conclusion of the 2019-20 Academic Year, it also sees the conclusion of the delivery of the current BTEC Qualification and Futsal games programme, as from September Football in the Community will be delivering the new BTEC Level Three Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development, which will help students to further their development within the Sports Industry, whilst participating in an 11-a-side games programme within the LFE and EFL Trust’s CEFA League.

“I’m really looking forward to starting with the new qualification in September, it’s the perfect fit for what we as a Community Scheme do on a daily basis and it will bring many more opportunities for hands on learning and work experience.

“I know that a lot of students going into Post 16 Education will be unsure more than ever over their options this year, I’d encourage anyone with a flair and interest in Sport to speak to us and find out more about this qualification, because the options within it will really help shape your future ready for two years down the line, leading onto university, higher education, an apprenticeship or full time or part time work.

“A lot of sports qualifications put a huge emphasis over development on the pitch, however we’ve got the perfect balance with our CEFA League 11-a-side games program led by experienced coaches and the academic study with the new BTEC qualification”

Mansfield Town Football in the Community have a limited number of places available for September, to be eligible you must meet the following criteria

  • Aged 16-19 as of 31st August
  • FOUR GCSE’s Grade 9-4 or a BTEC Level Two in Sport
  • Boys and Girls welcome

For further information, contact or submit your details via our expression of interest form.

Mansfield Town Football in the Community would like to thank the students for their efforts and wish them all the best for the future.

Elizabeth Martindale is moving on to university to study for a BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Psychology with an academic scholarship at Coventry University with a predicted D*D*D* in her BTEC.

Jack Denman is moving on to university to study for a BA (Hons) Professional Policing at Derby University with a predicted MMM in his BTEC.

Aaron Heath is moving on to university to study for a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at Sheffield Hallam University with a predicted MMM in his BTEC.

Josh Warren is currently looking into apprenticeship options to allow him to work towards becoming a teaching assistant in a Primary school setting. He has a predicted grade of DMM to help him on this pathway.

Dominic Stowe is currently looking into work and apprenticeship options available to him as he is unsure as yet as to which setting he would like to move into. He has a predicted grade of MM to help him on his pathway.