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The Scunthorpe United CSET Education Programme was set up in 2012 to engage post-16 learners in Scunthorpe and the surrounding areas in education through the power of sport. Expanding at an impressive rate based within our Study Centre classroom based at Glanford Park Stadium. Our objectives are to: provide high quality, flexible and responsive courses that increase the participation of young people; develop pathways for progression enabling learners to further achieve qualifications and employment opportunities; enable learners to fulfil their potential through outstanding teaching, learning and assessment.

Our Results

Our results for 2014/15 were exceptional and we pride ourselves on achieving our headline statistics for success, retention and achievement all above the national averages compared to other education providers across the country.

  • Achievement of Extended BTEC Level 3 qualification 100%
  • 100% of learners were satisfied with their course
  • 96% of learners would recommend our courses to a friend
  • 100% of learners say the teaching on their course is good

Student Package

  • FA Level 1 in Coaching Football
  • FA Level 1 in Coaching Futsal
  • Player visits / training sessions
  • Reduced training kit package
  • Opportunity to be ball boys / girls on a match day
  • Play on the first team pitch
  • Opportunity to gain experience coaching in the community
  • Opportunity to gain work experience within a professional football club


Why does a football club deliver education?

As part of the Football League Trust remit each club is supported by a charitable trust which reaches out to the community – key areas include Participation, Social Inclusion, Health and Education utilising the power of football to engage learners in nationally recognised qualifications, based here at Glanford Park Stadium.

Are your teachers qualified?

All of our teachers are fully qualified and our coaches are qualified up to FA/UEFA standards. To accompany this, there is a vast array of experience in the team from a variety of backgrounds.

How is this different to College?

We are a training provider, with the qualifications on offer being nationally recognised and the progression routes wide reaching, just like Colleges we are inspected by OFSTED. The ‘extras’ we can offer by virtue of our link with the club mean learners can take advantage of opportunities that will further enhance their CV including work experience, peer mentoring and competitive sport.

Can I go to University afterwards?

Yes. The BTEC Level 3 is nationally recognised and is worth three ‘A levels’. A learner can achieve up to 420 UCAS points, a tally which is sufficient to meet the entry requirements to the vast majority of university degrees.

Is there help with the UCAS process?

Yes. Your tutors are experienced in supporting learners with UCAS submissions and offering professional references to support an individual’s university application. Alongside support with applications, the staff are on hand to offer advice to students and parents alike on different courses and institutions of study.

Is there a cost to the course?

The only cost for Futsal BTEC students is the purchase of the Scunthorpe United FC Kit pack. Learners are able to get a student travel pass which offers them reduced travel across North Lincolnshire.

Students applying to the degree programme will be subject to

Does education come first?

Yes! Our Futsal Scholarship is there to support our qualifications and add to the learner experience. Participation in Trust events is based on a positive approach to studies and timely submission of assignments and class work.

What if my son/daughter does not achieve a GCSE grade A-C?

Don’t worry, every learner who does not already have an A-C at GCSE in English and maths will study these subjects two hours per week at our funding partner North Lindsey College

Will I be updated on my son’s/daughter’s progress?

Yes, we like to keep parents and guardian’s up to date and send out quarterly student reports to update you on issues attendance, punctuality, attainment and behaviour, and are also willing to chat with any issues via telephone or face-to-face should parents wish.

Student Testimonial – Matt Steeper

I decided to do the Futsal Education Scholarship in 2013 for 2 years instead of going to college and studying the sports course that I already applied for and was ready to start in September. I think making that decision was definitely one of the best decisions I have made. Coming out of the Futsal Course with DMM is better than I was predicted by the college when I applied.  

The 2 years I studied towards the BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport are definitely 2 years I wont forget. Studying down at Scunthorpe United with the other 15 lads near enough every day was certainly informative and enjoyable. I used to love going in to see everyone who were strangers at the start of the course and now most of the lads are very close friends. We were all on the course because we enjoy taking part and learning about sports. We had an excellent tutor in Wayne Johnson and the course Manager and coach Gav Cooper who was always around and still are if we need them regardless of if they no longer have any connections with the Futsal Scholarship..

Obviously the education part is very important but travelling to Leeds every other Wednesday to play Futsal in a very competitive league was extremely enjoyable. Playing against so many different clubs and also the opportunity to play in different parts of the country with the National tournaments and the Futsal Soccer AM Cup. 

I got the chance to go to Birmingham where we won the Nationals Cup, Wolverhampton for a tournament, Newcastle, St Georges Park  where England train and finally got to play at London’s Olympic Copper box arena.

My best memories about the course are probably training 3 times a week with all the lads that was very competitive but a good laugh. Also travelling to Leeds on the mini bus to play every Wednesday against our rival clubs especially Grimsby, Doncaster and Sheffield United.

My proudest moment from the 2 years was representing the North of England 2 years in a row. That came from performing well on Wednesdays in Leeds and getting recognised by an England Coach and making my way through regional events.

Not only this but the grades I managed to achieved in the 2 years (DMM) enabled me to continue learning sports and study Community Football Coaching and Development at The University Of South Wales (USW) which was my chosen next step after the Futsal Education Program finished after the 2 years. This course which is an option after the Futsal course enables me to study at Scunthorpe United FC with online lectures having to go to Cardiff 3 times a year for practical assignments and learning about the university lifestyle.

Again, playing well on Wednesdays and in the Futsal games allowed me to be chosen for the University to play at the Copper Box in London against the Soccer AM crew (Max Rushden, Trev, etc…) which was definitely a day to remember!

Through my achievements on the Futsal Scholarship and also given the opportunity to qualify as a FA Level 1 Coach in both Football and Futsal I have been working with Gav as Assistant Coach with the Futsal Scholars. This has gave me an insight into how it feels not only to be a Futsal Scholar but also a coach. I feel I have been able to relate to the players really well as I was once in their Futsal shoes. Moving forward I am looking forward to progressing as a coach and having a continued impact on the scholars passing on my knowledge and experience.

More recently i have graduated from the Foundation Degree and have taken a post in a local school supporting teachers and delivering Physical Education lessons.

All in all, me and the other 15 lads studied hard, made memories, trained well and played well in tournaments and at the Leeds Futsal arena we all had a very successful 2 years and most lads are still in touch with each other till today. The course was fantastic and gave me all the tools i needed to mature and progress on to my chosen career path, i would strongly recommend to anyone.


Matt Steeper

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The remit of Scunthorpe United CSET is to use the power of football as the catalyst to enact positive change within our local community.