Just like many other programmes and services, Crawley Town’s u19 Football Education Academy Programme came to an abrupt end for the 2019-20 Academic Year.
Two out of the three groups of 40 students will progress either internally on the course or externally onto pastures new.
The BTEC Level 2 National Sports Diploma students have been working hard throughout the year in order to pass the course and gain entry onto the BTEC Level 3 programme, which will begin again in September.
All of the students on the Level 2 programme made outstanding progress throughout the year, and have put themselves in a strong position to begin the Level 3.
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma is a two-year course, and there are multiple pathways that students can access upon completion such as university, work in the sports industry, or even a professional contract with Crawley Town FC for anyone who excels.
On the pitch, Crawley Town’s u19s finished in its best ever league position of 3rd place in the National Football Youth League South Central Championship. The reserve team finished in 8th Place in the South Reserves Division.
Out of the 11 students completing the course this year, one has already confirmed his place at the University of Chichester and another will be beginning a course at the University of Sussex, two have applied to stay at Crawley Town as Sport Development Apprentices whilst the remaining students are now looking at their employment options.
A planned and phased return to both education and football training is under way, and will follow Government guidance of when to allow the return of students and footballers.
Over the next few weeks, and in line with Government advice, students aged 18+ will be brought in on a one-to-one basis for individual football coaching sessions and to meet staff for career advice and to further support their progression and life after the programme.
As we move closer to the start of the academic year in September, the Education Programme and Academy will be retaining 19 students from this year’s current group, with some students beginning their BTEC Level 3 first year and others moving into the second year of the programme.
There are 19 new students who have signed on to join the course from a variety of schools in Crawley, as well as from schools in Guildford, Reigate, Haywards Heath, Horsham and Billingshurst.
The application process is still open to new student applications who are just finishing their year 11 or year 12 programmes and would like to pursue an education and career in sport. Offers are made based on successful references from school tutors and football coaches.
For students to apply, they can send their information and apply to firstname.lastname@example.org