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Dillon-3Dillon Tideswell

The things I liked about the course was how easy it was to get work done, with the environment we had to work in along with tutors, the work was easy to complete and still manage to have a good time. The environment was relaxing and without pressure, which is why I feel I did so well.

Good memories I have from throughout the course are mainly just the times when we’re all joking around and some of the banter with the lads and ghandi (Martin). Obviously the futsal will be one the biggest memories I take away, but generally the full two years is our success and I would do it all again it i could.


Proudest moments would be playing well and consistent throughout the course, in my opinion, getting 3 distinctions and probably the proudest would be playing at St Georges Park in the England U19’s squad. Also, playing with the lads, and getting to the semi finals in the Soccer AM Futsal Cup and the last 8 in the Nationals is something to look back and be proud of. Being in the top 4 teams in the country is something special.


After the course, I am planning on going to uni, I have been given a place by Derby University where I am going to study Sport and Exercise. I would also like to see where playing football or maybe futsal can get me as I’m not giving up on that dream.



Kasim Akhtar

Over the two years at Notts County I have learnt a wide spectrum of things that can help later on in life such as learning about human nutrition and keys of dieting and also putting on efficient and putting personal training plans together. On this course not only did I learn during the class room sessions, I also gained a lot from the training sessions, helping me become a accomplished futsal player. As well as this they taught me a lot of tactics and skills that have been very helpful with 11 a side football. Studying with Football in the Community meant that I got to do work experience with Notts County on their Schools Out programme as a coach, my job was to put on activities for the young people involved.

The Tutors on the Futsal course are very help as well as the coaches, they are available to help you whenever you need and they push you to get the best out of you. This has helped me because if I didn’t get that boost and encouragement I probably would have got a lower grade then I came out with. The facilities at Notts County are also very good and their links with Nottingham University mean you get to use those facilities sometimes for training sessions, ect.

My proudest moments on this course are getting the Grades that I achieved and getting to play in the Soccer AM Futsal Cup. What I will be doing now that I have finished my course at Notts County is to go on to University and Study Sports Science.

All in all these two years at Notts County have been by far my best years within an education establishment (so far) and I would recommend this course to anyone that has an interest in sport.


SamSam Raynor

I have completed a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in sport which I studied for two years from September 2012 until June 2014. This course involved completing a range of assignments to do with sports performance while we would also be taught how to play futsal where we would then compete in a competitive league on a Wednesday against other football league clubs. I really enjoyed the two years at the Notts County FITC and I would strongly recommend it to any boy or girl that is passionate about their sport and football that would like to open up a range of pathways within the sports industry.

Personally I feel that the best part of the course was every match day, as we would always feel confident that we could come out of the match with a result. Match days would test us both as a team and individually, we had to come together as a team to get the job done, but you also felt the need to do your part to not let the team down. I also really enjoyed the assignments where we had to do some practical work to pass the task, for example: for sports coaching we had to design and run our own session for a specific area of a players game, whether it was a technical area such as shooting or if it was a physical area such as cardiovascular fitness.

I think that my favourite moment throughout the whole course was the first ever league match that we played which was against Derby County, who were the stand out favourites to win the league as they had been playing for a year or two already. We went out not knowing if our team was going to be any good because we didn’t really know each other, but we all worked together and we battled through a tough game to score a late winner and the match ended 3-2. Both our A and B team beat Derby on that day and because we knew they were the better team in the league we instantly had a confidence boost as we felt as if we could triumph over every other team, of course that wasn’t the case but that memory is my favourite as a ‘futsal pie’.

My proudest memories are when the team during our second year qualified to play in the Soccer AM Futsal Cup where we would play against the best teams from around the country. We smashed through the group stages to then make our way through to the semi finals, where we unfortunately lost, but I feel proud of the team. We proved ourselves as the outsider team and got to compete against some of the best teams in the country. We also got to make some cheeky appearances on Soccer AM. My proudest educational memory was when I found out that I had achieved the grades that was equivalent to me achieving A level grades A and B’s.

I am currently taking some time out of education to figure out if I want to continue with education or not, so I am currently working Monday-Friday in a sports shop but I am looking into completing my coaching badges so I can have the path into coaching and I am also researching information about training to be a fire fighter as another pathway I could make available for myself.

BilalBilal Sajed

I had some highs and lows on the course but overall I have learnt a lot about myself and what I am capable of achieving if I try and work hard. The programme has not just helped me educate myself within the area of sport, but it’s made me want to become a better person and helped me mature.

My favourite moment on the course was when I allowed myself to become distracted for a bit and my tutor, Martin Carruthers, realised that and he took me to one side for a talk. He said “Your friends will not always be there for you but when you are in your 30’s and have children to feed a salary of 10 to 15 grand will not be enough so I suggest you put your head down.” and at that moment I realised that I wanted to work harder than everyone and study very hard for my future.

I thank Martin for making me realise that, and in the end I achieved a DMM (grades B, B and C at A Level) and will now be enrolling at Trent University studying Sports Science and Coaching. All thanks to the course at Notts County FC Football in the Community, and the teachers that supported me and had faith in me.



Dylan Harris-Newton

I have enjoyed two great years at Notts County FC Football in the Community, completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. The course included a variety of assignments including: analysis of sports performance, sports injuries and sports coaching to name a few. Aside from the educational side of the course, we represented Notts County against other clubs in a Futsal league and the Soccer AM Cup, whilst training and using the gym facilities during the rest of the week. The 2 years were a brilliant experience for me and I highly recommend the course for those at the appropriate age who are interested in sport, particularly football. You can give yourself lots of options to choose from within the sport industry upon completing this course such as: apprenticeships, full time jobs, and the chance to study sport at university.


The most enjoyable part of the course for me, as a big lover of playing football and futsal, was the training and matches in the futsal league. We put together a great squad and improved our abilities hugely over the 2 years, eventually managing to be competitive against the better clubs. Futsal is a highly-skilful sport which massively improves your technical ability with a ball. I found myself being comfortable with the ball in tight areas and had no problems receiving the ball under pressure. You only realise the positive effects futsal has on your ability when you then go back and play an 11-a-side football match and realise how much time and space you have, and how much better your ball control is.


My favourite moment during the course was competing in the Soccer AM Cup. It was great for the sport to get the coverage of Sky Sports and hopefully it can continue to grow now in the UK and eventually become as big as it is in countries like Brazil. Playing in the cup on the Tuesday and then watching it back on TV at the weekend was a great feeling and I even managed to get my goal and interview on Soccer AM! Not many people can say that! We were seen as the underdog of the cup but managed to storm through the group stage before beating Carlisle United and Leicester City in the knockout stages before losing to the eventual cup winners Grimsby Town by one goal in the semi-final. It was a great achievement for us and we did so well to improve as a team and get that close to being the champions considering our underdog status.


A proud moment for me was to pass the course and achieve a Distinction Merit Merit grade. The tutors were a great help and provided the motivation needed to get through long hours of work which was worth it in the end. We were given the necessary information when needed to help us complete our assignments and were set fair deadlines to make sure we completed things in time. The work was all done online on a website which meant no writing! It also allows you to submit work at any time directly to your tutor so you can receive feedback or get your work marked quickly. Another very proud moment for me was to be called up to the East Midlands Centre of Excellence U19 Futsal squad which I have now been a part of for 2 years. It has given me the opportunity to play in front of the England senior coaching team and also play against some of the U21 and senior internationals which was a great experience for me! I have also been able to play at the National Football Centre, St George’s Park. Hopefully I can push on from here and one day represent my country at senior level.


I am currently staying on at Notts County Football in the Community and have recently started an apprenticeship with them in coaching. I hope to improve my coaching ability and learn lots of new things during my time on the apprenticeship with a view to being taken on full time by Notts County FITC.