Codie began her journey with Nottingham Forest’s Community Trust back in September 2014. Codie enrolled onto our BTEC Level 2 programme as the only girl. This did not deter Codie as she became a vital member of that cohort. Codie was a shy and polite student who was extremely self-aware of a condition that had restricted her development at school, dyslexia. Codie struggled with her writing and spelling often misspelling words and finding it hard to construct sentences. Her confidence was relatively low although she did show an admirable amount of dedication and resilience to complete the course as the only girl in a highly populated male environment. Codie attained a BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Sport through the guidance of Nottingham Forest Community Trust tutors. Her application and commitment to the course made it clear that Codie was a highly motivated and intelligent girl who in previous years had been held back, through no fault of her own, by a learning difficulty.

In September 2015 Codie was offered a place on the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Studies with Nottingham Forest’s Community Trust. The Level 3 was a step up for Codie and again she was part of a male dominated cohort. Codie’s dedication and willingness to learn played a vital role in her completion of the course. It has been clear to see that Codie’s reading, writing and spelling has improved no end. Her ability to construct sentences and her understanding and application of grammar has improved no end. Codie will always have to deal with her dyslexia but has developed new ways to counteract her learning difficulty. Tutors at Nottingham Forest Community Trust have invested large amounts of time and effort and have provided a platform for Codie to develop and progress. Dennis Judson who has worked with Codie during her English and Maths lessons has described her as “Having a clear willingness to learn, she is an absolute credit to herself.” Dennis worked with Codie for a whole academic year preparing her to re-sit her GCSE English and Maths. Codie is currently awaiting her results but is extremely optimistic of achieving a minimum C grade which she unfortunately failed to attain during her time at school.

During the three years Codie has spent with Nottingham Forest’s Community Trust her confidence has increased. This has been evident in her involvement in class discussions, writing style and extracurricular activities. Codie has managed to balance her full time education with part time work. Not only does she study and work, she volunteers two nights a week to coach at her local football club. Codie is an inspiration to her local community empowering like-minded girls who have an interest in football. Her personal journey has been a long one but her dedication and willingness to learn and develop has allowed her to become an accomplished young woman who has been accepted onto a BSc Hons in Coaching, Business and Administration degree through Nottingham Forest’s Community Trust in conjunction with the University of South Wales. Codie will begin the next chapter of her education with Nottingham Forest in September and we are delighted to continue to support her personal development.