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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.  
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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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TEAM PHOTO 
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... 

ASPIRE2BE ACADEMY CLASS OF 2018 

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... 

ROCHDALE SACRED HEART CLASS OF 2018 

 
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.” 
 
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