Here at Lincoln City Foundation we offer students the opportunity to study a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Equivalent to 3 A-Levels), which is a 2-year full time study programme. In addition to their studies, students also can take part in football training and represent Lincoln City in competitive fixtures against other football clubs’ respective education programmes.
Most recently our students have begun a National Citizenship Service (NCS) programme, completing Phase 1 – Adventure – at Norfolk Lakes a few weekends ago. This stage focused on the ‘Social Mixing’ and ‘Challenge’ elements of the wider ethos of NCS, with students split into teams, completing adventurous and problem solving activities such as kayaking, high ropes and raft building, ensuring students were taken out of their comfort zones in order to develop strength of character.
The students are now at Phase 3 – Social Action – whereby the students are tasked to engage with their local community and develop skills that are useful for future employment.
Our male students currently have two opportunities to represent us in football in fixtures on Wednesdays and Fridays, in both league and cup formats. Our most recent fixture was a match against Bradford City, the best performance of the season so far and a convincing score-line our favour.
Our female students are the current National Ladies Championship title holders, representing us at St George’s Park, the home of England’s national teams.
Our Year 12 students have been studying Anatomy and Physiology, an exam-based unit of work focusing upon the human body and specifically its responses to exercise.
Our Year 13 students have been studying Rules, Regulations and Officiating whereby they learn about the development of rules and the roles of officials over time, assess an official’s performance before demonstrating and assessing/reflecting on their own officiating.
Soon, some of our students are going to complete their FA Level 1 with the Lincolnshire FA, which we are funding as a part of their course. For all of them this represents an opportunity to receive an industry relevant entry level qualification and to apply their theoretical understanding in a practical context, with some of them receiving the opportunity to shadow our community/development centre coaches.
James Hoyer, a Year 13 student of ours, has recently taken up a work experience opportunity at the Academy working as a Performance Analyst. James has a keen interest in pursuing this as a career after he has completed his studies with us. Alongside studying our course James has also been studying A-Level Maths with our partner school North Kesteven Academy – an option available to all prospective students. On the subject of this “It’s a great opportunity because it gives me an insight into being a performance analyst as well as the other aspects of football academy. The knowledge I gain will prepare me for the next stage of my career.”
Jacob Brown was one our first students to finish the 2-year programme, achieving a value-added grade and subsequently joining our Degree programme, a distance learning programme in partnership with the University of South Wales. When referring to the BTEC programme in a recent interview Jacob had this to say “It opens your horizons to different aspects of sport, and not just football, but sport in general. The experienced and supportive staff are really helpful as well”.
If you or someone you know would potentially be interested in finding out more about our BTEC programme we are hosting an Open Evening on Wednesday 30th October in the Travis Perkins Suite at Sincil Bank Stadium from 6:30-7:30PM.
For more information please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org