The University of Nottingham have announced that they will be launching a “Prospect Day” for any student-athlete who is considering playing football at University. Held on 11th May at Nottingham’s University Park Campus, the event will combine athletic testing and on-field coaching, alongside tours of campus and more information about the admissions process.
The day – run in conjunction with University of Nottingham Sport, and UoN American Football – serves as an opportunity for young footballers to find out more about the University application process, as well as answering some much-needed questions on entry requirements.
There will be full athletic testing which will be run by the University of Nottingham Strength and Conditioning staff, as well as a three-hour on-field practice session lead by the University of Nottingham Head Coach Jason Scott and his staff.
Coach Scott tells us that young athletes should be excited by the opportunities that the day presents.
“To my knowledge there is no other event like it in British Football. We are giving the best young footballers an opportunity to work with some of the finest coaches in the country, and to be advised by top quality Strength and Conditioning staff. This should be an opportunity too good to pass up on. Everyone attending will also be invited to attend tours of the athletic facilities and the University campus, as well as seeing what in-depth support we receive from the University of Nottingham Sport staff.”
A lot is made of the high-quality American Scholarships that the University of Nottingham attract, but Coach Scott says that he wants to generate and develop the best British Talent available.
“Over the past two years, the growth in the ability of our domestic players has been staggering. Offensively, we have consistently won with British Quarterbacks and Running Backs, and we have developed athletes like Lewis Thomas and Finley Old into some of the best players at their position anywhere in the UK.
On the defensive side of the ball, Manny Okolo is one of the best defensive linemen I’ve seen in UniBall, and Jack Casey continues to excel as a player and a leader. This season we’ve added former U19 athletes Jacob Pedder-Platt and Elliot Hutton, and we want to find more talented, driven young players like them”
Jacob Pedder-Platt, a stand-out for the Merseyside Nighthawks Junior team, and member of the GB U19 squad told us;
“Being part of the Nighthawks gave me a great foundation in the basics I needed to play American Football, but through the programme at UoN I am able to improve my skills as a player, as an athlete and a leader.
Football at the university level is more intense than at U19, but it’s also proportionally satisfying to see a faster, more complex and fluent game plan come into action. Despite the step up in standard, the quality of coaching and Strength and Conditioning helped prepare me to excel in this environment.”
A key part of the day is the opportunity for students and parents to find out more about the courses available at the University of Nottingham and the entry requirements. There will be representatives from admissions on-hand to answer any questions, and to assist with showing students around the site. There will also be tours of the David Ross Sports Village – a state of the art athletic facility that helped the University of Nottingham be crowned “Sports University of the Year 2019” by The Times and the Sunday Times.
The University of Nottingham also has phenomenal Graduate Prospects and Student Satisfaction, which is reflected in it’s 16th ranking in the University League Tables. Despite being a high-quality institution, the University of Nottingham is highly accessible for students who may not have hit the mark when it comes to their College qualifications. Coach Scott noted,
“There’s a misapprehension that students would need a series of straight A’s to study at Nottingham, and that’s not true. Yes, some of the entry requirements are extremely challenging, but we have a range of courses that would suit anyone. It’s my hope that we can show student-athletes what is waiting for them at Nottingham, and if they like what we do, then we might be able to further motivate that push to University. Even if the student isn’t sure about UoN, or about going into Higher Education, we’d still like to invite them to see what we’re all about.”
Coach Scott added;
“I’m happy to support the applications of any student who is willing to push themselves academically and athletically; the University of Nottingham is a phenomenal institution, with first-rate facilities and excellent teaching and learning.
On the field, we refuse to let our student-athletes to be satisfied with ‘standard’, and we have a coaching staff that has consistently shown the ability to get the best from young footballers. Ultimately, we want competitors – in football, in academics, and in life.”
The University of Nottingham Prospect day is on Saturday May 11th 2019, and is open to any student who is registered with any BAFA Youth, Junior or Flag programme.
The entrance to the event will be £5 and will include lunch. Youth/Junior Coaches are invited to watch and observe for free. Any student who currently has University of Nottingham on their UCAS form, is also more than welcome to attend.
The full Coaching line-up will be confirmed over the coming weeks, and will feature the best talent from around the region.
There will be an official sign-up website announced in March, but until then, could all interested players and coaches please contact Coach Scott on firstname.lastname@example.org