Stephanie Bunce has faced a lot of hurdles and challenges in her life, but her determination to continue her education and broaden her opportunities has never faulted.

Stephanie left school at 16 and began her A-Level studies at her local Sixth Form. However, after completing her first year, she was asked to leave the institution.

Wanting to continue her education, Stephanie signed up for a sports course at Derby College. Unfortunately, due to illness and low attendance, she was removed from the course.

This left Stephanie feeling anxious and worried about her future career prospects as she bounced between jobs working at call centres, pubs and shops.

She ultimately took herself to the job centre where they put her through her Maths and ICT qualifications. From this Stephanie was successful in finding an apprenticeship at a Nursery and completed her Level 2.

Due to there being no current job positions at the time, she started volunteering full time at the Nursery.

Stephanie’s plans then swiftly changed as she was approached by social services to take full time care of her nephew. Two years had gone by when she decided to go back to the Nursery and complete a higher level apprenticeship.

Five years later and now parenting a child of her own, Stephanie was coaching at Grass Roots projects and completing her FA Mentoring course when she decided she wanted to pursue a full time career in football.

After seeing a post on Facebook about the Trust’s University course, she attended an Education Open Day. Stephanie was nervous to begin with seeing so many young people signing up to the course.

She was soon reassured by DCCT staff that her age should not deter her from applying for the course and that she’d make a great candidate.

Stephanie is now in her first year of a two-year Foundation Degree in Community Football Coaching and Development at Derby County Community Trust.

Education Lead, Jodie Hayes, has said:

“Steph’s commitment and drive to achieve is beyond what is expected. Although she lacks self-belief I have faith that as she continues to learn and develop she’ll make a great coach. She’s also a great influence on the rest of the group.”

Derby County Community Trust are now taking applications for students starting September 2019.

Find out more at the next Education Open Day on 13th February, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, at the Derby County COmmunity Trust office – 14 Pride Point Drive, DE24 8BX.

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