On Wednesday 12th December, Connell hosted a BTEC Sport Experience Day for students who are interested in studying sports post-16. Groups of year 10s and year 11s from some of our local schools were invited to take part in a day designed specifically around our two BTEC Sport courses.
Students chose the course which best suited their interests and career aspirations and took part in a range of classroom-based and practical activities to demonstrate the variety of units studied within the BTECs.
For the BTEC Sport (CITC Football Pathway) students there was a nutrition activity where they tasted different foods, a leadership challenge involving building tall structures and various tests of group dynamics. Their day ended with a football tournament out on the blue pitch.
The BTEC Sport & Exercise Science students analysed their own walking patterns to find any abnormalities â€“ with some shocking results! They also measured their lung capacity by blowing up balloons with one long breath and then measuring its circumference and diameter. In the afternoon they played in a volleyball tournament and the winning team then played against the Connell and visiting staff.
At 3pm some of the students went to watch the MCFC U19s play Hoffenheim U19s at the Academy Stadium, ending in a 2-1 win for the blues!
The students enjoyed the activities and it helped to show them the options for post-16 study in sports and how these courses link into a wide range of sports-related careers. Connell staff were really impressed with the enthusiasm and engagement from all the students, and would like to thank The East Manchester Academy, Cedar Mount Academy, Co-op Academy Failsworth, Co-op Academy North Manchester and Co-op Academy Manchester for coming along to the day, getting involved in all the activities and behaving so well.