MFC Foundation’s Futsal & Education Scholarship offers a unique experience for 16-18 year olds to combine further education and sporting performance. Over the two year course, students study a Level 3 BTEC Sport (Performance and Excellence) and compete in the English Football League Trust Games Programme.
Learners get to study in our classroom facilities at The Riverside Stadium, and train at our Herlingshaw Centre facility in South Bank, with sessions delivered by a UEFA B football coach studying towards UEFA B in Futsal.
In the classroom, pupils will cover units including Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport, Fitness Training and Programming, Sports coaching, Practical team sports. Each week is made up of two training days, two education days and a match day, or on a non-match week, three training days and two education days.
Scholars compete in the EFL Trust Futsal League, representing MFC and playing against scholars from other professional clubs including Sheffield United, Bradford City, Huddersfield Town, Scunthorpe United, Grimsby Town. From September – December scholars compete in a league format in which teams can be promoted and relegated, this determines which league they compete in.
January – May sees the teams play in the Road to Nationals, where successful teams will progress to national finals. This widens the potential teams that scholars could compete against and includes Chelsea, Leicester City, etc.
The team also compete in the EFL Cup competition which can see them play at England’s training headquarters St George’s Park. Players represent the club wearing the MFC current training kit and play in the latest first team home kit for competitions. League fixtures are held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
In the latest national statistics released by the EFL Trust, 93% of players said they would recommend the Futsal & Education Scholarship, 90% of players said that the Games Programme has had a positive impact on their physical fitness and wellbeing, and 86% of players said that the Games Programme has had a positive impact on their attitude and attendance in class. Nationally, coaches rated the Games Programme, venues and match day coordinators as four out of five stars.
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