21 November 2018

Three current Brooksby Melton College students and one alumnus made their MTFC first team debut last week, helping the team to secure a 3-2 win against Scunthorpe United in the Checkatrade Trophy competition.

Nyle Blake (18), Alistair Smith (19) and Jason Law (19) were part of the starting line-up, with Tom Fielding (19) coming on later in the match. Nyle Blake, who completed his studies at BMC in 2018, contributed to the Stags’ victory by scoring in the first half.

Alistair, Jason and Tom are part of the MTFC Academy programme at BMC, and are currently working towards their Foundation Degrees in Sports Science. Nyle, who is now a BMC alumnus, completed his Level 3 Sport qualification in 2018 as a part of the MTFC Academy programme at BMC.

Alistair Smith commented ‘I really enjoyed playing alongside the more experienced players at the football club. They supported and guided me throughout the game and my confidence grew as the game went on. To get a win on my debut was so pleasing, I just want to continue to develop and improve.’

Mansfield Town Academy Manager, John Dempster, added ‘It really was a fantastic evening for the football club. The MTFC Academy students that started the game and came off the bench performed brilliantly against the seasoned professionals that Scunthorpe United fielded. All of the Academy staff were very proud because a lot of hard work goes into the players on a daily basis at the Academy’s base at BMC’s Brooksby Campus.’

BMC offers a range of education programmes in partnership with Mansfield Town Football Club, ranging from Level 3 to degree level. At degree level, students can undertake the two-year Foundation Degree in Sport Science, and then continue onto the BSc Sports Science (Top-up) for one year to gain their full degree - with both qualifications being validated by the University of East Anglia.

Whilst studying at BMC, students benefit from learning in the very best, state-of-the-art facilities, including an all-weather 3G pitch, a strength and conditioning gym and a sports science lab featuring a GPS tracking system, force platforms and VO2 max testing equipment. To find out more about Sport Science Degrees at BMC, visit he.brooksbymelton.ac.uk.