There are many progression routes available for Academy learners at the end of their BTEC L3 Extended Diploma. The decision was made when we were discussing the set up of the Academy, that it was important to give options to 18 year olds and not just discard them once they had done their BTEC. The whole vision of the Long Eaton United Community FC is to give options and opportunities to 16-21 year olds.
These are some options open to our youngsters:
A big opportunity that we are now offering as an Academy is a Blended Degree Programme in conjunction with Loughborough College/Nottingham Trent University. Learners are able to gain a full Degree in Sports Coaching, Sports Science or Sports Management. The difference with this pathway is that you only have to go the university itself 5 days a year and have 6 hrs a week contact time online with your University lecturer. This gives you the option of completing your Degree whist carrying on with your football or working part time.
I am very impressed with the education my son has received over the last year and also the opportunity he now has to progress onto the higher education Blended Degree programme. Over the past year he has had the opportunity to play in the FA Youth Cup and also got selected for the 1st team where he scored two goals on his full debut v Worcester City. A great place for Zak to learn both on and off the pitch.
Donna Goodson - Mother of 2nd Year Academy player Zak Goodson