Week 2 of Remote Learning and Training


Academy Director Mark Hammond outlines the operations of the Academy following the closure of Schools on Friday 20th March.

Head of Academy Tom Beaumont and I have designed and developed an innovative remote learning platform for all BFCA scholars.

The BFCA education team (Matt Griffiths, Jack Jolly, Calum McGeehan and Darren Anslow) have created an online curriculum for each player to work towards and ultimately help them gain their qualification. Darren Anslow and his staff have built video tutorials, task and assessment tracking documents and blended learning sessions to help with this process.

Sue Whittaker and Keeley Deighton have designed strategies to help manage with the safety and welfare of all staff and players which is the number one priority throughout these unprecedented times. One initiative is the ‘BFC Mental Health 10 Habit Checklist’ which can be viewed below.

Mental Health Poster

BFCA are further developing plans to deliver and test the players’ fitness and manage their mental health online. The use of exercise tracking apps has been put in place to allow coaches to monitor the progress of scholars as they undertake the ‘Social Distancing Conditioning Program’, which has been created in partnership with MayWhit.

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U23s coach Danny Mills will be overseeing and monitoring our U23 players, ensuring they are doing their upmost within the limitations of their own environments.

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There will be weekly updates to help celebrate attendance, coursework assignments and tracking their fitness data programmes for Academy scholars. The first of which you can view here.

I would also like to take this opportunity to say I hope all of you are safe and well,

Mark Hammond
Academy Director
1st Team Assistant Manager