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Jay is one of our BTEC Sports Tutors in the North West, teaching at Salford Red Devil's Academy and Dragon Football Academy  
Jay's background includes a 2-year Level 3 Sports BTEC course at college which allowed him to progress onto Higher Education, Jay attended The University of Central Lancashire for 3 years where he undertook his degree in Sports Studies. Upon completion of his undergraduate he decided to pursue a career in teaching, which led him to complete his Postgraduate Certificate in Education ("PGCE") at Edge Hill University. It was during this time that Jay joined us to complete his teaching placement at our Sport & Education Academies, and upon completion of his teaching qualification, Jay secured a full-time position with us. 
Connor Aspey started attending our Academy study programme with Salford Red Devils Foundation in September last year and after impressing from the beginning, Head Coach Ian Watson offered him the opportunity to train with the first team. Connor rapidly progressed to signing a one-month trial with the team, which subsequently resulted in 16 year-old Connor becoming the youngest player in history to debut for Salford Red Devils when he was selected to play against Swinton Lions in a pre-season game last month. 
The first term at Salford Red Devil's Academy has been a busy one and we thought we would round up some of the biggest Academy news stories and events from the year so far, as well as speak to a selection of students on their experiences so far. Including second year academy learner Ellis Snelgrove's fund-raising efforts for UK charity calm, as well as first year student Luis Robert's selection to train with the professional Super League first team.  
As part of being a student at Salford Red Devils Academy, learners are encouraged to participate and get involved in local sports events hosted by Salford Red Devils Foundation. These events promote community well-being, as well as giving learners the chance to put into practice all that they have learnt in the classroom. 
Recently the foundation hosted a Tag Rugby event for local Salford Primary School children- both Boys and Girls, within Years 5 & 6. The event was targeted at this age group as a way of engaging children in Sport and providing a taster of Rugby as a positive outlet, The Primary Schools competing against each other in Tag Rugby matches to crown an overall winning School.  
Our Academy learners assisted with coaching, refereeing and score keeping and we caught up with a couple of them (when they had a spare moment!) to find out their thoughts on the afternoon.  
Pictured Main: Former learner and Coach Core & Salford Red Devils Apprentice Sam Bardsley in action refereeing  
As a large part of our provision is Education & Sport Academy's for those aged 16-18; we were thrilled when we secured Everton Ladies F.C. and Northern Ireland professional Footballer Simone Magill as an ambassador for Onside Education, and she became the latest guest for our podcast last week. Simone discussed her pathway to achieving her dreams of becoming a professional full-time Footballer, and we made sure to gather some tips for any of our learners who may be looking to emulate her success... 
Everton Ladies F.C.  
Northern Ireland  
Simone became the first Female Footballer in history from Northern Ireland to play for a Premier League team when she was signed full-time as a forward by Everton Ladies F.C. 
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... 


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