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Success off the pitch

1 March 2021

Over the following half term, we will be posting a series of weekly article providing more details on our highly successful football and education programmes at Bishop Laney Sixth Form College, Impington International College, Thomas Deacon Academy and our most recent partnership Stratton Upper School.

The article focus on our four key areas for our students time with us Study, Train, Play and Opportunities, to provide prospective students with insight into our programmes and the experience we provide.

In week one we will focus on Study and the positive impact our four colleges are having on our students. In contrast to many other football and education programmes, the students at each of our colleges have the option to study any academic pathway alongside the football programme that our partners offer. When the football and education programme was formed at Bishop Laney in 2015, our students only had the option to study a level 3 in sport. Whilst this still a very popular course on our programmes, the drawback was that not all students who wanted to take part in the football programme wished to study this so they had sacrificed their intended academic route to access the scheme or decide not to take part in the programme altogether.

We are very proud of the relationships with our colleges and schools, with students today studying a range of education courses specific to them. This has not only seen an increase in motivation for our students, but also some outstanding results. A large factor behind this is the smaller class sizes on our programmes, allowing teachers to provide more detailed support for our students, both helping them overcome issues they face and push students towards the highest grades possible.

Our programmes have since seen students progress in employment, apprenticeship programmes and university. Students have gone onto study all manner of subjects from sports management to law.

The variety of education courses, care and attention from the teachers, is huge for us at Norwich City FC RDP with every student progress being important for us.

Football and Education Manager Pip Davis had this to say “This flexibility for our students allows them to choose an education course that they both enjoy and helps them achieve their future career aspirations. Having this support from our education partners, alongside the football programme, creates the ideal environment for our students to progress on and off the pitch.”

If you would be interested to find out more about our programmes at Bishop Laney, Impington International College, Thomas Deacon Academy or Stratton Upper School please contact Football and Education Manager Pip Davis –

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