With the summer holidays nothing but a distant memory for students across the UK, Notts County Football in the Community (FITC) have continued to strengthen their post 16 education programme and their alternative education provision to support the education and career ambitions for students between the ages of 11 and 19. Since 1988, FITC have provided high quality alternative educational provision for youngsters who have been excluded or alienated by mainstream education. We call this provision heading for Goal (HFG). Through a combination of academic lessons and sport activities, we have supported 100’s of students and provided guidance and support that has helped them succeed and achieve.
Located at the home of Notts County Football Club, the world’s oldest football league club, Meadow Lane provides the perfect location for young learners. Students on our alternative education provision project and our BTEC Sport programme can expect to work and be enthralled by one of the UK’s most creative, embracing and inclusive professional clubs. Our bespoke post 16 BTEC sports programme supports the educational and career developments of young participants, preparing students for higher education or full-time employment within the ever growing and ever demanding sport and leisure industry.
Two recent examples of students who have benefited from their time at Notts County Football in the Community are Reece Pickard, a BTEC level 3 graduate who is now a pivotal member of FITC’s award winning coach workforce who deliver 35 projects to thousands of participants each year, and Sam King, a former BTEC graduate who is now studying and pursuing his sporting ambitions at Genessee Community College in upstate New York in the USA.
“Graduating from the BTEC sport programme has helped me achieve the job of my dreams” beamed Reece. “After initially joining FITC as a placement student from college, I was allowed to put my newly acquired skills and confidence into practise working in the local community. I’ve been able to work with a wide range of people including refugees, emotional health and wellbeing projects and our own alternative educational support project, Heading for Goal.”
Genessee Community College student and FITC graduate Sam King went on to say and explain “The last 18 months have been a real whirlwind. I have loved being part of a very successful team and had the privilege to play with some very gifted and talented players from across the world. I’m currently studying in America and enjoying my football. The coaching and guidance I received during my time at FITC has helped me live a lifestyle some people dream of having. I am eternally grateful to everyone at FITC.”
With a wide range of opportunities available to students in mainstream education who are looking for an exciting post 16 education course or finding themselves struggling to cope within mainstream education in Key stages 3 and 4, FITC offer a wide range of vocational, classroom and internships and would love to see hear from you. Contact FITC’s Education Manager, Dave Crooks, for more details about either of the above.
Our next exciting event will be a taster session for current yr11’s and their parents to see what BTEC Sport is all about. This will be held at The Portland Centre in late November or early December between 4pm and 6pm. Exact details will be posted on social media and on here in early November. Please contact Dave Crooks: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0115 955 7215 for more details.