We here at Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme (SWFCCP) are proud to recognise the hard work and effort that has been put in by our students and staff regarding the success of our Community Post-16 courses.

We have delivered a wide range of programmes over the last year, including an NCFE Level 2 in Sports Coaching, and a BTEC Level 3 in Sports Coaching and Development.

Despite the challenges of the last academic year with the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to offer our congratulations to those who have passed. We are proud of their results, with a fantastic retention rate of 96%, and an achievement rate of 98%.

It has not been easy, but we admire the attitude and focus that the students showed through their time at Sheffield Wednesday, especially during the months where personal health and safety became a big priority, all the while maintaining their passion to complete their studies. The strong support that our students have given each other to help each other has been great to see over the course of their studies, and their ability to adapt and change across multiple scenarios has been admirable to see as well. The students displayed their adaptability across a number of practical objectives, some of which involved gym work, officiating, and organising sports events.

Our students in previous academic years have progressed onto degree studies at universities across the UK and full-time employment within different organisations. They have taken what they have learned over their time here to showcase themselves as exemplary human beings that can improve and develop themselves and others while maintaining a high level of professionalism.

Assistant Curriculum Manager, Rachel Stewart, said: “We can’t praise our learners enough given the circumstances. The resilience they’ve shown to stay engaged and motivated towards the programme has been nothing short of outstanding. We here at Sheffield Wednesday wish them all the best for the future.”

The students leaving us this year will be able to make their next steps and progress on to an appropriate BSC (Hons) degree or employment, and we look forward to seeing some familiar faces in the future. We are ready to welcome back those who are progressing onto the next year of their studies in September, as well as a whole suite of new learners.

Education Manager, Ed Kinsey, said: “The staff and students have achieved incredible results by any year’s standards, given the global pandemic, multiple lockdowns, and a whole host of other restrictions, this has been an incredible achievement. I thank every member of staff and every student for making the year as pleasurable as possible. You all deserve the upmost credit.”