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To continue on from a blog we did a little while ago where we caught up with Onside tutor Ben Pedley, we thought we'd do the same again and do a feature to help people get to know our Rochdale Sacred Heart tutor; Ant Curran, a little better. Ant joined us at Onside, in summer last year as a popular addition to the team. Ant completed his undergraduate degree in Sports Science at Manchester Metropolitan University, after which he was then awarded a full scholarship by the University to do his Masters in Sports Coaching. Whilst doing his Masters degree he completed 2 years as an intern at Manchester City F.C working as a Performance Analyst. 
Then proceeded on to do a lifelong learning PGCE at the University of Huddersfield before starting work at Rochdale Sacred Heart as a tutor and coach, as part of starting work here at Onside as a tutor and an assessor. 
Ant is also currently in the final stages of completing his UEFA B license in coaching Football. 
This week has been National Apprenticeship week, the theme for which has been celebrating the success of apprenticeships and the benefits they yield for everyone, including;  
• Individuals 
• Organisations 
• The wider economy 
Working to encourage others to look at apprenticeship programs as a great opportunity to progress into a desired career; learning vital skills on the job whilst receiving training and wages. To celebrate the apprenticeship learners we have here at Onside we thought we'd use this blog to feature a couple of them and they're employers and hear about how apprenticeships have worked to enhance their career prospects and development. 
On that note we offer a number a number of apprenticeships in:- sports, fitness & personal training, teaching, early years childcare, team leading and hospitality. To find out more about the apprenticeships we offer click here 
Following on from our last blog post, February's delivery of the Level 2 Multi-Skills course concluded with every learner completing practical assessments... 
• Learn new games and activities that can be implemented in coaching sessions. 
• Great way to evidence proper use of the P.E and school sport premium fund. 
Who the course is ideal for…anyone working within teaching/coaching sports to primary aged children. Including primary school teachers, after school coaches, leisure coaches (swim, football, gymnastics etc.), students working towards university and FE qualifications, holiday reps who run activity sessions for children, plus many more! 
What does the course consist of…Mixture of practical and theoretical exercises completed over the duration of the course. 
How will the course be assessed…A series of written tasks, plan, deliver and review a series of at least 4 Multi-Skills coaching sessions in a real environment. The learner is also required to deliver 40 minutes of a practical session. 
Cost of the course… £150 which can be paid in full, through instalments as a payment plan or in cash on the day of the course. 
Who delivers the course…Onside Educations fully qualified assessors who each have experience in the industry. 
What will you gain from the course…The enhanced knowledge and ability in delivering physical activity sessions to primary aged children and accreditation as a Level 2 Multi-skills development coaches- something increasingly sought after by employers in the sports teaching/coaching industry. 
Why choose Onside Education… We deliver the course in a way that is personalized, creative and fun designed to get the best out of our learners and ensure we maintain our 100% pass rate with learners completing the course. To enrol on our next Multi-Skills course or to request further information please contact info@onsideedu.co.uk or call 01257 278131 
Salford Red Devils Education Academy had a massive day last Friday when they opened up for the first league game between Salford Devils RLFC and Wigan Warriors RLFC on the main pitch and beat Wigan Warriors Education Academy 46-16!! Everyone was riding high off the back of this fantastic win, and when not training or in lessons a good portion of time was spent re-watching footage of the game and reliving the highlights. However, between all this we did manage to catch a quick interview with man of the match Tom Farr (pictured below) and hear all about the game from his perspective... 
Last Wednesday saw the 4th round national cup game; Rochdale Sacred Heart Academy v Isports Altrincham FC.. Although RSH faced a 2-1 defeat we caught up with man of the match George Davidson who explained that there were plenty of positives the lads could take from this game to kick off 2018... 
By Daniel Holloway 
Aspire2Be Academy Level 3 student-athlete Patsun Tufan was invited in for a two-day trial with Premier league Side Huddersfield Town FC on the 11th & 12th of December. 
For a change we put one of our tutors into the interview hot-seat, as we thought it might be fun to find out a bit more about him and give our learners a break from being interviewed haha! Ben Pedley is a popular tutor at Onside Education, teaching at our academies including Salford Red Devils and MIFA, without further ado let's check out what he had to say when we sat down with him.  
A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to go and spend a Friday afternoon at our MIFA Academy where we got to sit down with two students; one a first year and the other a second year, therefore it was interesting to compare their answers and track the stages they were at as one has just begun his time at MIFA while the other is half way through. The learners were Taigh Wilson (2nd year) and Nathaniel Woodward (1st year), lets check out what they had to say below... 
Earlier this month we caught up with ex-Rochdale Sacred Heart Academy (RSH) learner Harry Wilson to see how he was getting on in the big wide world, Harry completed his 1st year with RSH but at the beginning of his 2nd year he was fortunate enough to be offered a job outside of the Academy. Therefore as a recent alumni we thought it might be good to have a catch up with him and get an update on his progress so that others can see the potential paths that can be created from our academies.  
The Job 
Harry has previously been coaching in schools across Greater Manchester but he has now acquired a permanent position coaching in a primary school. Day-to-day his job involves teaching different classes of children sports such as basketball, hockey, netball and tennis etc. And the different skills and techniques that come with each. 
About RSH 
Harry came to enroll at RSH after his sister came across a post from Mike Holt (academy manager at RSH) on Facebook and showed him as she felt it was something he could be interested in- looks like she was right! Harry then went along to an open day and instantly felt RSH was the perfect place for him, as he had left Hartford Hall his previous college as he felt it was stifling and unsuited to him as a very active and energetic individual. Whereas he found the vibe at RSH to be completely different to a traditional college; "it felt chilled, fun and engaging".  
How his experiences at RSH prepared him for his current job 
Harry stressed to us that he would never have acquired his current job without the qualification and skills gained through his experiences as a RSH academy member. To use Harry's own words; "the tutors (Mike, Ant and Matty) were great and engaging and I picked up some very valuable skills that helped me to grow in confidence. Including enhancing my social skills, leadership skills and presentation skills". As an example Harry confesses that before RSH he had only ever coached in front of 8-9 children and that with an increase to that number he found it a struggle to retain control and keep everyone focused (as I'm sure most would haha!). However at RSH he learnt to coach numbers of 20+ whilst keeping the group controlled and focused- an important learning curve for him. Harry credits this achievement to RSH ensuring learners regularly present, both as individuals and as members of a team to their fellow academy members- the environment is supportive and relaxed, providing the ideal conditions for learners to develop this skill. Harry also noted how he learnt and adapted different techniques through observing his tutors techniques, taking inspiration the techniques/styles of each coach, and as a result he is now "totally calm and confident in controlling a large class of children".  
The Future... 
Harry has great ambitions to set up his own coaching company in Manchester, designed around his mission to "make good quality coaching affordable for the majority and not just the elite". Harry told us that through his observations he has noticed that quality coaches are "ridiculously expensive for most children" which he quite rightly feels is very unfair. Therefore, with this gap in the market spied he aims to set up his company within the next 5 years. Harry told us that he has had this idea for a couple of years, and it was developed through his time at RSH and through talking with his tutors who gave him advice and tips for how he himself could go about for setting up his own company. It's always great to hear about ex-learners ambitions and plans for the future and we are extremely proud and happy to hear that Harry is doing so well and how RSH in partnership with us here at Onside have helped him along the way in his journey.  
If you feel inspired by Harry's story then you'll be excited to know that Rochdale Sacred Heart's Academy are now recruiting for their 2018/19 season! So if you are aged 16-18 and love Football, or have ambitions for a career in the sport you won't want to miss this opportunity! Call Mike Holt on 07717878382 for an informal chat or email him on mholt40@hotmail.co.uk to express an interest.