Sholing FC Under 18 Academy Success!

It's been a great year off the pitch for the U18 Academy. Along with some players progressing to the first team we've had great success from the results in the classroom. All first year students completed their first year of the Level 3 NCFE Sport qualification and will be moving into the second year.
All second years have also completed and most will now move into employment or further education at University. Two students that are moving onto University are Lloyd Marande and Kian O'Rourke. Both students are also in the club's football pathway having signed on again for the U23 side.
Lloyd Marande said, "The course here at Sholing has given me a lot of Sport and Football knowledge that I didn’t have before joining. It has given me the platform to now go onto higher education and study Sports management with Loughborough college and University. I could never have imagined two years ago after starting the course that I would now have been accepted into Loughborough to study a degree in Sport Management".

Lloyd Maranda and Kian O'Rourke

Kian O'Rourke went on to say, "It was a very enjoyable, friendly environment to learn in. We all received a lot help and support if needed. With it being a smaller group it’s easier to get the support we need and ensure we all completed the course. It’s now allowed me to further my future by also studying sports management at Loughborough the same course as Lloyd. I hope to then be able to gain a full time job in the Sport or football industry. I would recommend the course to any year 11 school leavers who want to pursue a career in Sport as the club is a great place to be, the Education is the same as any local college apart from we work in smaller groups so gives us a chance to develop more. Also, we have a clear pathway to the first team here from the Academy so it really caters for everyone".  
The Academy Education is run in partnership with Champion Academy who have a proven track record of success from the Level 3 course and also run the University in partnership with Loughborough college.
There are places available for this September. For more information and to express an interest in securing a place for September, please email Mark Gamble at or call on 07703 412007