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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... 
 
This weeks blog features traineeship programme learner Ashley Savigar, who recently completed his traineeship program with us and has since gone on to secure full-time employment within the Fibreglass production company he completed work experience with while on his traineeship. Therefore we sat down with him to find out his thoughts regarding his traineeship, as well as congratulate him on the job... 
 
 
The Salford Red Devils Academy awards evening was held on Monday 16th April at the Lighthouse UK, the event celebrated the achievements of the young talent emerging from Salford Red Devils U16’s and U19’s teams. Therefore when we were at Salford we grabbed the chance to find out first hand about the evening from second year student Ellis-Jay Banks-Clarke, as well as to find out how he is enjoying attending Salford Red Devils Academy... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MEET EDD  
"THE HEAD"  
OF EDUCATION & PARTNERSHIPS.  
This past week has been a very busy one for us at Onside Education. Spring has begun (at least officially even if the weather hasn’t quite got the memo!) and we have had a lot going on with new video releases, academy visits and attending Skills North West at EventCity. 
 
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 
 
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