Nick Potter joined Bury FC as a schoolboy at 14 and went on to complete a two-year Apprenticeship with the Shakers.
At the end of his Apprenticeship Nick wasn’t offered a professional contract at Gigg Lane, however, on completion of the ASE programme more options became accessible.
“I knew that my education was important, particularly from 16-18. I was always aware that I wouldn’t make enough money for the rest of my working life just playing football.”
“Realising this meant even if my Apprenticeship ended with a contract, it was hugely important for me to have the back-up of a college education to open doors further along in my career.”
On leaving Bury, he wanted to study Human Biology and Infectious Diseases at Salford University but first had to gain more specific A-levels. He enrolled at Thornleigh 6th Form College in Bolton to complete an A-level in Biology and an AS-level in Chemistry in order to meet the university entry requirements.
Nick, now awaiting his A-level results, has been offered a place on the course of his choice at Salford University and says:
“I have worked hard and hopefully my results will pay off and I’ll be starting at Salford Uni this September.”
“I guess, having been through the ASE programme, the main message I have to any Apprentices out there is to do your best and concentrate on the education you’re offered.”
“Yes it’s difficult to focus on studying when all you want to do is be out on the field training – but without it you’ll be severely limited in your options if you don’t get a contract. Also, by studying now, should you get injured or even when it’s time to retire from the game, you will have options at the end of it that will make your future career that much easier.”