Brooksby Melton College has had yet another exciting and successful year in partnership with Mansfield Town FC, with seven students having signed professional contracts with the football club over the course of the year.
Goalkeeper Sam Wilson, defenders Teddy Bloor, Kieran Harrison and Kane Baldwin, midfielders Cameron Healey and Alistair Smith, and forward Zayn Hakeem all now play professionally for the club.
These signings follow an extremely successful season for the MTFC youth team, who have been crowned as EFL Youth Alliance Champions for the second consecutive season, making them the first team to ever successfully defend this title.
BMC will continue to support the development of many of these players as they play for the MTFC under 21s squad and enrol on the Foundation Degree in Sports Science at the college.
The star of the 2016-17 year was undeniably Surafel Behailu, who was recently been named the ‘College Sportsperson of the Year’. Surafel completed his Level 3 Sports qualification at BMC as a residential player for MTFC. During his time at BMC Surafel regularly played, and started, for the MTFC Youth Team. In addition, Surafel was the first BMC student to represent England Colleges, playing against other colleges from across the world in the Roma Caput Mundi tournament in Italy.
In addition, BMC student Lewis Collins made the move to MTFC this year after leaving Reading, and has been a strong student on the FdSc Sports Science programme. Lewis has spent the year training daily with the MTFC First Team each morning and completing his academic qualification at the Brooksby Campus each afternoon. Lewis has regularly featured in the MTFC under 21 starting squad, scoring several important goals, and has featured in the First Team match-day squad 11 times.
Brooksby Melton College’s Sports department has recently benefitted from a £4million investment, meaning that students are able to study and train in state-of-the-art facilities. These include a full-sized 3G all-weather pitch, a strength and conditioning gym, and a brand new sports hall. In addition, students are able to study in BMC’s sports science lab, which features GPS tracking systems, force platforms, and VO2 Max testing equipment.