College Partnership Becomes a National Success
North Lindsey College has partnered up with Scunthorpe United to create the dream team in Futsal.
The team went into the national finals day as the favourites after finishing top of the league in the regular season without losing a game and was rightly crowned National Champions.
Futsal is an exciting, fast-paced small sided football game that is widely played across the world and is officially recognised by both UEFA and FIFA.
Students play the game as part of their sports course which is delivered mainly at the Scunthorpe United FC grounds and students spend three hours each day in the classroom and two hours each day training; this is accompanied by work experience in the various departments of Scunthorpe United FC from sports coaching to working in the media department.
On the day of the final, the team had a 4-0 victory over Premier League Southampton, followed by a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers. The last group game was against local rivals, Grimsby Town and the game drew 1-1 with their Lincolnshire counterparts. The four teams were then drawn to make up the semi-finals and once again the boys were drawn against Grimsby Town. The North Lindsey College students put in a stellar performance beating Grimsby 4-0 to progress to the final where they were to meet Sheffield United. The final was a tense affair with both teams having chances; with thirty seconds left on the clock, Ben Morrell, struck from a set piece to seal victory for The Iron.
Ben Morrell (Level 3 Diploma 90 Credit in Sport Student) commented, “It has been a fantastic year and my most enjoyable in education. The course is geared around working hard in the classroom and then progressing on the Futsal court. To score the winning goal in the final was amazing and a great way to cap off my 1st year with Scunthorpe United and North Lindsey College. I can’t wait to start back in September with the rest of the students and have another brilliant year."
Gav Cooper (Education Manager at Scunthorpe United Football Club) said: "The partnership with the college is going from strength to strength each year and the students wouldn't have been able to succeed on the Futsal court if it wasn't for the support they receive in the classroom from the teacher Wayne Johnson and the high standards set by the college. There is no other course like it in the town and students are seeing the benefit of working with a fantastic college and a professional football club.”