Female students studying Velocity Football’s Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport programme will play in their first cup final this week to mark the end of the season.
The girls will host students from Northampton Town Football Club’s educational programme at Oxford City FC on Friday, June 25, to contest the inaugural Virtual Learning UK Cup.
Both educational academies deliver its courses in partnership with Virtual Learning UK – an education provider teaching 1,500 people aged 16 to 24 each academic year at Levels 2 to 5.
The competition has been formed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of students under the Virtual Learning UK umbrella during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lauren Haynes, Head Coach of Velocity Football’s female programme, said: “The achievements of students on the Velocity programme this academic year have been outstanding and deserve to be celebrated.
“Students have faced unprecedented change in the form of full-time remote learning and training to ensure compliance with Government restrictions.
“All of them stepped up to the challenge and broke boundaries in and outside of their learning and training environments to make a positive impact on not only themselves but also the local community.
“Winning the Virtual Learning UK Cup would be amazing for the girls, but primarily they should be proud of their individual development via the Tactics League since enrolling into the Velocity programme in September of last year.”
Students studying Velocity’s higher education programmes combine four days of classroom-based learning with three training sessions and one competitive fixture each week.
Female students have competed in the Tactic League and Tactic League Cup this year with victories on the road to Maidenhead and Bracknell among the highlights of their on-field achievements.
“It’s hard to believe the girls didn’t know each other less than a year ago,” added Lauren. “They have formed really strong friendships between them this year and I strongly believe it has helped their development in the classroom and on the pitch.
“Already, they are excited to return to Velocity next year to start the second part of their Level 3 qualification which will help them to fulfil a career in sport once they graduate.
“We’d like to thank Virtual Learning UK for organising the competition and wish Northampton Town the best of luck and a safe journey down.”
A match report and photos from the game will be available to view across our social media platforms after full-time.
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