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The academic year has begun across all of our partner Education & Sport Academies. We have seen huge growth in enrollment numbers this year- none more so than Salford Red Devils Academy! Off the back of this we headed down to the AJ Bell Stadium to meet our new first year learners at Salford (and of course to say welcome back to the returning second years!), we sat down for a quick chat with some of the newbies to get the lowdown on how they have found the start to their time at the Academy, including the start to the Rugby League season, the education, and THAT first week training camp in Wales.  
We heard from Brody, Lewis, James and Ben - and as they're the stars of this blog we'll let them lead... 
Salford Red Devils second year student Dan Goddard spent this Summer between first and second year taking part in the European U19's Rugby League Championships in Serbia representing Ireland- certainly a busy Summer! We caught up with him to chat all about the Championships, as well as to hear how he is feeling now that he has started his second year at the academy. 
Ireland U19's Rugby League team 
September is fast approaching, and that can only mean one thing… 
Our new academy learners will soon be beginning their journey at our Education & Sport Academies. We’re excited to welcome all of our new learners and for them to begin their education and sports development within our academy programmes, and as part of welcoming our newbies we thought we’d gather the top tips for new learners from one of our successful former Salford Red Devils Academy learners; Sam Bardsley. 
Take it away Sam… 
Last week was a big one for our learners at our partner academies as across the country it was RESULTS WEEK for both A-level and BTEC students, we saw high success rates across all of our academies, including; Salford Red Devils, Rochdale Sacred Heart, Manchester International Football Academy ('MIFA'), Aspire2Be and London Football College. With outstanding results to be celebrated from both 1st year learners on programme, and final year students whose time with us has now drawn to a conclusion; these learners are progressing onto bright futures within University, Apprenticeships or Employment.  
We caught up with one of our MIFA graduates- Taigh Wilson (pictured below) who achieved the highest BTEC results possible - D*D*D*  
Taigh is now looking forward to attending Edge Hill University this September to study Sport Management and Coaching, and we were able to catch his immediate thoughts post-results... 
"I am delighted with my results because I got the grades I wanted and needed. I feel I worked really hard the past two years to gain these results and I couldn’t be happier with them! 
In September I start my 3 year course at Edge Hill University. I will be studying Sport Management and coaching. I decided to do this course firstly; because the course itself looks very interesting and fun and then secondly; sport management is something I always wanted to do because of the variety of opportunities it brings with it. Finally coaching is a hobby and a love of mine therefore I am looking forward to continuing with this at a higher level."  
This past year marked the first one with which we worked in partnership with Aspire2Be Academy ("A2B"), the year has seen great success on and off the pitch with our students excelling in their academic and personal development, we are very much looking forward to continuing this next year.  
As the academy was new last year there are no 2nd year leavers, however we have still distinguished between the Level 2 and Level 3 groups to hand out our awards. 
Read on to discover who the winners were... 


Whilst we were unable to get to Rochdale Sacred Heart Academy ("RSH") to personally deliver the awards, that did not mean that they missed out as winners were still selected and prizes delivered. Read on to find out who the lucky winners were... 


The award for Onside Education Scholar of the Year was personally selected by our Education Manager Richard Lepori, who has overseen the progress and development of learners across all of our partner academies throughout the UK and through his regular visits to each academy is perfectly qualified to select a student overall who merits the recognition of this award.  
This year the winner was 1st Year student at Manchester International Football Academy - Mohammed Munye.  
(pictured below receiving his certificate from Richard). 
Here is what Mohammed had to say in his own words after receiving his trophy- 
"The year has been exciting, it’s been great to come to MIFA and be with everyone as a team. The tutors have been really amazing, and so has Rich and the other Onside staff members, I have felt supported and encouraged the whole time- you can have a chat with them and a laugh as well as the serious side, everyone has just been so friendly and it has really helped me to grow and develop as a person. Everything I have achieved so far is thanks to Ben, Junaid, Jay and Rich and I am very grateful. Before coming to MIFA I used to be very shy and I didn’t have much confidence, but now 1 year on I am A different person- I enjoy speaking to everyone and I feel more confident in myself and I believe more in myself. 
With this award I am shocked, happy and excited all at the same time! I’m just very grateful. I’ve never received anything like this before so the trophy will have a very special place at home, and in my heart.” 
Summer is approaching for our partner Education and Sport Academies, therefore to round off the year and acknowledge the hard work and achievements of the learners at each of our academies we have been handing out prizes to a handful to celebrate their academic achievements this past year. We also created certificates of programme completion for all of our 2nd Year Learners to mark their time at the academy coming to an end as they go on to promising futures in either; University, Apprenticeships or Employment.  
First up is Salford Red Devil's Academy. Read on to find out who the award winners were... 
Onside tutors pictured with a few of the certificate recipients at Salford: (left to right)- Ben Pedley (Onside Tutor), Sam Bardsley- Student of the Year (2nd Year), Dean Nelson, Ore-Ofe Animashaun and Ellis-Jay Banks-Clarke; three of our 2nd Year leavers with their certificates of programme completion, Junaid Khaliq (Onside Tutor).  
For our next blog we spoke to Jane Turner who is the Business Administrator here at Onside Education (and often the voice you will hear on the end of the phone if you ring us!). Jane first started work as an admin administrator in 2006, which she did for 6 years before going travelling, which included a spell of living in Sydney. On her return to the UK Jane started working at Onside Education- with her 1 year anniversary upcoming! Whilst at Onside Jane has completed her Level 2 Business Admin- with plans to go on to achieve her Level 3 Business Admin in the immediate future. 
Read on to find out what Jane considers her favorite aspect of working about Onside, favourite holiday destination & an interesting fact about herself... 
With their time at the academy coming to an end for the second years on programme, these learners are currently making plans for their future beyond Sacred Heart. For instance, 2nd year student Adam Leach has received a University offer from Manchester Metropolitan University to study for a degree in FdSc Manchester City Community Football Coaching. Let's here a little more about that from Adam... 
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