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Now that the ESPFA students are settling into remote learning for this new term, let’s celebrate some of the student’s success from the previous term. In a year of overcoming challenges and where the students have had to be flexible in the way they study, we are so pleased with the way that all the ESPFA students have knuckled down and shown an aptitude for learning despite all the distractions in the current climate.

Sam Shaw, the regional manager for the North has praised the attitude of those involved delivering the education, in what has been a challenging time. He said: “Once again we find ourselves in a national lockdown and having to switch back to remote learning. Thankfully the effort, desire and flexibility from all involved, whether that be students, teachers, coaches or parents, has been phenomenal. There’s a definite sense of unity within the ESPFA programme, knowing that good times will return soon, and we’ve just got to get through these next few weeks together and make the best of the current situation.”

He was also full of praise for those students who have been nominated by their tutors to receive the student of the half-term for their club and is looking forward to welcoming the students back to training when its permitted. He said: “Congratulations to the students nominated, you have been a credit to your clubs and the ESPFA so please keep up the hard work. I’d also like to thank everyone for their continued hard work and professionalism and look forward to seeing the football programme return very soon.”


Congratulations to Spencer Pearson of Brighouse Town who has been named the student of the half-term for his club. He has achieved brilliant results in the classroom and has also been working hard on the football pitch too. His tutor, Isaac Baldwin said: “Spencer has met all deadlines, he has worked really hard to get the top grade in all assignments has been working hard to be in the team on a Thursday as well.”


Well done to Mossley first-year student, Ben Bowers-Duxbury who was named the student of the half-term by his tutor. The Mossley tutor, Wayne Shingler has nominated Ben for being ever-present in the classroom and always pushing himself to attain better grades. Wayne Said: “Ben has an excellent attendance and punctuality record and is always looking to extend himself to achieve the highest grade he can in assignments. I have also spoken with Paul Bennett (Mossley academy coach) and he is just as dedicated during training and is making great progress here too.”


Jack Hepworth was named as Ossett United’s student of the half-term for the second time this year. His tutor, James Piercy has commended Jacks high standards he has set himself. He said: “Jack's attention to detail during this period has been excellent. He has taken great care with his assignments and put in a massive effort with each assignment he has completed resulting so far in 3 distinctions grades which for a 1st year is an excellent start. Jack's attendance, punctuality also correlates with this being at an excellent standard too.”


Jayden Quaye has been awarded the student of the half-term for Radcliffe by his tutor, Nigel Gleghorn. Nigel is full of praise for Jayden and believes he is a polite student with a great attitude towards learning. He said: “Jayden has an excellent attendance record. He is a well-mannered and respectful student who is popular with the student group but is able to work out when to be on task. He produces work of a high standard. He has shown some ability on the football field and has been asked to train with the first team on occasions.”


Congratulations to Runcorn Linnets first-year student, Kai Phillpott, who has been named his clubs student of the half-term. His tutor, Andrew Tower has praised his maturity in the classroom and ability to interact in discussions in class. He said: “Kai, has been an ever present in class and on the training pitch over the last half-term period, which has supported his growth within the classroom, and he is always able to add value to classroom discussions. He has submitted his first set of assignments achieving a Merit in Unit 5 and a Distinction in the first assignments for Unit B & C and as a first-year learner, he has quickly integrated himself with all staff and teammates and is proving to be a mature, level-headed, and intelligent learner.”


Skelmersdale United student Danny Feeley has been awarded the title of student of the half-term by his tutor, Shadab Iftikhar. Shadab is extremely pleased with the improvements Danny has made in his grades over the second half-term. He said: “Daniel started the year very well. This echoed his start last year however the 2nd term, so Daniel not only maintained this great start but made significant strides with his grades. Daniel was initially getting passes however he now aims and achieves distinctions. Daniel has matured over the past 18 months and been an asset in and out of the classroom during the whole year.


Congratulations to Jamie Ellis, who has been named as Witton Albion’s student of the half term. His tutor, Laura Moss, complemented Jamie’s brilliant work ethic and time management. She said: “My student of the half term is Jamie Ellis; he has been outstanding in lessons and always give 100% meeting deadlines and leading in class discussions. I have been very impressed with his attitude and determination he puts in to both his work and football training.”

Well done to all the students nominated for their award. It is great to see just how well the students have coped with the challenges that have presented themselves this academic year so well done from everyone at the ESPFA.

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