Royston pupils up their game as sports course takes them to centre of excellence

Meridian Upper BTEC sport students

Meridian Upper BTEC sport students - Credit: Archant

Pupils who were once uninspired by the classroom are now having a ball – thanks to a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport.

The all-boy group of sixth formers at Meridian School in Royston are studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Sports.

Run in conjunction with Royston Town FC, the course can potentially take them onto a career in football or sports coaching.

The students have recently spent a day at Loughborough University learning from top athletes.

“We’ve had a great trip out and learned a lot. Signing up for the course was the best decision I made after I finished my GCSEs,” said Callum Pinner.

Staying in education is now compulsory and this course gives boys a chance to study and play football every day.

Student Danny Mynott said: “I never thought I would enjoy being back in the classroom but this course has given me a career path to focus on – and I get to play football every day for a least two hours on the best Astroturf in Hertfordshire.

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“To top it off, all our assessments are formative so there’s no high pressure exams.”

Trials for next year’s intake are on Thursday at 10am and Danny Gibson, the course coach, is encouraging anybody who’s interested to come and have a go, or look at the school website at for more information.

“We have a great team spirit here,” said Danny, a UEFA A licensed coach with more than 20 years’ experience.

“The lads work hard and are motivated because this is something they are passionate about. One of the lads, Ben Watson, played against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup back in April, which just goes to show how many opportunities there are with this course.”