WHAT PAST STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY
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.
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.
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.
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.