Alfie Burnett left St Augustine’s School in the Summer of 2020. Alfie is currently undertaking a two-year scholarship with Championship club Rotherham United. The scholarship involves Alfie playing for the team whilst also undertaking an Extended Diploma in Sports Excellence. Alfie had already played for the club and been involved with friendly games.

Alfie had previously played for Leeds, Barnsley and local teams.; he had always wanted to pursue his football career and had researched this throughout his time at school. Alfie and his family had a good understanding of what a football scholarship would entail and the fact that he would be away from home at an early age. What was really important for Alfie is that he had a back up plan and he had considered local training providers including Scarborough Sixth Form College and Scarborough TEC.

He had various interventions from these institutes throughout his school life including Careers Days, Mock Interviews, visits and workshops. He also showed an interest in a building apprenticeship and the police force. From a professional point of view; it was vital for Alfie to have a back up plan as things could change for him. Alfie could be faced with challenges such as industry changes, culture changes, management changes and injury. All of these things would be out of his control and the fact that he is studying whilst playing his beloved football will ensure he has a generic sports qualification should he need it in the future. Having a Plan B does not mean that you are expecting failure; In today’s world of change we simply can’t be confident that our career won’t be impacted.

During Alfie’s final Careers Interview he demonstrated a positive attitude and a mature awareness to what would be required of him once he left St Augustine’s School.