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Fantastic opportunities for students on 'Results Day'

As almost 700,000 schoolchildren will today collect their GCSE results, Inspire Suffolk are offering the opportunity for young people across Suffolk to further their education through two fantastic Level 3 Programmes.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Both their Football Scholarship  and  Apprenticeship programmes allow young people with a passion for working within the Sports industry to gain invaluable qualifications (equivalent to A Levels) and practical experience that will support a variety of future career choices. Already they have seen successful students move on to full time employment (9 of which Inspire Suffolk themselves have employed as full time coaches), University and others who have gone on to gain further experience in America being accepted for College Scholarships and working on summer coaching programmes. 

There is detailed key information about each programme below that we hope will encourage more young people to consider these fantastic opportunities made available to them by Inspire Suffolk. If you want to apply or have any questions about either programme please don’t hesitate to contact Inspire Suffolk (details below):

Marcus Garnham, Programme Officer, Mobile: 07590983288 or e:mail marcusg@inspiresuffolk.org.uk  

Level 3 PE & Schools Sport Apprenticeship 

All successful candidates for their Apprenticeship programme will complete a Level 3 PE & Schools Sports qualification that supports the delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF). This prepares learners for employment in a school sport setting by providing an introduction to opportunities available to them to work as a physical education and school sport professional such as Sports development officer, Higher level teaching assistant (HLTA), Sports Coach, Volunteer or Leader

The qualification is perfect for those aspire to work in a physical education and school sport setting as it specifically designed to provide them with a greater understanding of programmes of study for physical education, the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating.

In addition to this all apprentices will complete a Level 2 national governing body qualification in Sport as well as being paid as an apprentice for a minimum of 20 hours per week. 

“Association of Physical Education believes that by 2015, coaches employed in or by schools supporting Curriculum time PE should be qualified to a Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) Award and be working towards a Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport or equivalent, to comply with the forthcoming afPE Safe Practice Guidance for Schools.” 

Education & Football Scholarship - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport 

You can’t be a football star if you haven’t got the intellect to be a player that can think on their feet. The skills set in the classroom needs to match the skills set on the field. So as a Football and Education Scholar students find that there’s just as much, if not more, emphasis placed on your educational development as your football development. Not only will your studies equip you for a possible business career after your time as a professional sportsman has run its course, but they will also gain you acceptance into a range of top Universities. 

  •  Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport – worth up to 3 A Levels, facilitating an entrance into University.
  •  Functional skills level 2 – Essential progression if you did not manage to attain a C grade in English or Maths. 

As part of the curriculum, a BTEC National Extended Diploma is made up of 19 units (equivalent to 3 A Levels) and across the two years covers a wide range of key subjects (see selected modules below):

  • Principles of Anatomy & Physiology
  • The Physiology of Fitness
  • Fitness Training for Sport & Exercise
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports Performance
  • Analysis of Sports Performance
  • Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Sports Coaching
  • Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise
  • Talent Identification & Development in Sport
  • Sports Injuries
  • Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport
  • Sport as a Business


Completely paperless and embracing virtually all popular forms of technological devices, completing all academic elements of the programme using The Sport Brain has become a proven way to get the best results out of scholars studying on the programme. The qualified tutors also use the programme for marking, assessing and providing feedback in a direct way, so there’s never a chance of assignments becoming lost or misplaced. 

At the core of all programmes is the express desire to develop the next generation of semi-professional and professional footballers. 

To keep the skills of their scholars on all of the Football & Education Programmes as sharp as is humanly possible, we ensure that you understand the theory behind the science of practicing with a purpose. So each week we provide you with the opportunity to train with our highly qualified coaches to replicate the environment and the experiences in a professional football setting that you will in all likelihood encounter after leaving the programme. This includes technical development, tactical and match day set up, stretching and training games to keep you fleet of foot and match ready.  

You can teach people theory till you’re blue in the face, but there’s never been a substitute for match time. To provide our scholars with 90 minutes of regular competitive football fixtures, players on the Football and Education Scholarship are often brought together to compete in fixtures taking place at recognised clubs around the country. A great deal of which, play host to various competitive league and cup competitions.

Article by Inspire Suffolk

Inspire Suffolk is an independent charity that supports local young people onto a positive future through a range of engaging personal development programmes and support. This may be by enhancing their academic abilities, boosting personal confidence, overcoming mental health issues, or providing a pathway and support into further education, training or employment. 

The charity also provides sporting activities for local children and young people to boost participation, confidence and a healthy lifestyle. 

Find out more at www.inspiresuffolk.org.uk