Ex-Mansfield Town Apprentice Luke Gibbons is all set to start a new term of education in the States after successfully completing his Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (ASE).
As an Apprentice, 18 year old Luke juggled a busy training schedule, studying for three A-Levels in English Language, Psychology and General Studies, a Coaching Certificate and an NVQ.
All his hard work has now paid off with the offer of a place at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.
“Completing my Apprenticeship and A-levels was extremely important to me. Working hard whilst training is difficult, but I was increasingly aware my education would set me up for the future in case I didn’t get a professional contract.”
“Although the reality of not being signed wasn’t really ever in my head, when it happened I was so relieved I studied when I had the chance.”
“Having an education has opened up opportunities I never thought I’d have. I’m really excited about my course in the States and I’m looking forward to the experiences that lie ahead.”
Luke is now embarking on a four year degree course in America where his timetable will be split between training and playing for the college team and academic study, with ambitions to major in Health and Exercise Science.