As we say good luck to our class of 2021 Alumni, we have been reflecting with them on their time with The Football Industry College and the exciting next steps ahead. First up in our Alumni Success ‘The Interview’ series, we chat with Lowestoft Town F.C Scholar, Buster Honeywood. Buster discusses the experiences, opportunities and his development which has seen him secure a U.S Scholarship and an exciting opportunity to further his education and player development in America with NAIA powerhouses Bellevue University ‘The Bruins’.
Buster, How have you enjoyed your time at The Football Industry College?
Yes, I have really loved being here for the past two years and have had so many opportunities to support me both on the pitch and helping me decide the next steps of my future.
How do you feel you have developed as a player on the pitch?
Danny has helped me massively transition from a centre midfielder to a centre back, and learning from him as a UEFA A qualified coach and ex-professional player has enabled me to really develop as a player, mentally, tactically and physically.
I have been lucky enough to not only play for the Performance Squad in the National Alliance U19 League, but have also had opportunities to progress through to the senior first team with Lowestoft Town F.C.
Playing elite games against teams such as Peterborough United Academy has also supported my development as it enables you to test yourself against professional football academies.
Off the pitch how have you found studying towards your Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science?
The education has been really fun as the majority of units of the course enable you to prepare, deliver and analyse practically outside of a standard classroom environment. Gav has really supported me throughout all my units giving guidance when I have needed and also helped me in identifying the pathway I have chosen to follow now I have achieved my Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science.
What life & Personal skills have you gained to take on your future journey?
Two of the biggest skills I have developed are leadership and communication skills since joining the programme. The education delivery and enrichment opportunities such as community coaching really enable you to develop these skills. Being selected as captain on the pitch also gave me a great opportunity to develop these skills further.
How did it feel to be squad captain for your two years on the programme?
I was really honoured to be captain as it shows the tutors and coaches have trust in me on the pitch to lead by example.
How have the enrichment and pathway experiences supported your development and future aspirations?
Since being on the programme I have been able to participate in NCS, visit the University Campus of Football Business (Wembley Stadium), gain valuable work experience delivering Community Football Sessions and take part in the U.S Scholarship Trial games of which I have been successful in securing a scholarship for this year.
So what will you miss most about your time with the Football Industry College?
I will miss the people, the staff, the friendships and team bond we have developed and just the amazing opportunity to be able to train and play everyday.
Why would you recommend the Football Industry College to future learners?
I would really recommend the Football Industry College as it enables you to train and play every day while gaining a great education with fantastic pathways and opportunities.
Describe your Football Industry College experience in three words?
Family, progress and enjoyable
What made you choose your pathway of a U.S Sports Scholarship?
I wanted to go to America as it enables me to continue playing football to a high standard while continuing in higher education
Where have you been awarded your scholarship and what will you be studying alongside the football?
I will be heading off to Bellevue University ‘The Bruins’, Nebraska in late July of which I am really excited and will be studying towards a degree in Sports Business.
All the staff speak very highly of Buster in the way he applies himself to his education and football. He has been the performance squad captain for the past two years due to the standards he sets. Every day he wants to become better, is very coachable and is a role model for the other scholars on the programme. He is one of these boy’s who you just don’t want to leave to be honest as everything about him is just brilliant. Buster good luck in America and keep in contact please.DANNY CROW – FOOTBALL INDUSTRY COLLEGE – HEAD COACH
It’s really exciting now for Buster in the next steps of his journey having achieved a scholarship out in America where he will study for a degree and also continue with his passion for football. A very very talented young individual who we will be keeping a close eye on because we are expecting big things. Good luck Buster.GAVEN TIPPLE – FOOTBALL INDUSTRY COLLEGE – LEAD TUTOR