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Grades For Games: Believe and Achieve

9 March 2015

Burnley FC has launched a unique initiative to help improve GCSE performance in the town. Under the ‘Grades for Games’ scheme,  any student achieving five grades A to C this summer (including maths and English) will be entitled to FIVE free match tickets next season (2015/16).

The offer is open to any GCSE student at one of Burnley’s five secondary schools. The Burnley pass rate, at grades A to C, was 53% and has been steadily rising.  This initiative is designed to assist in accelerating that pass rate.

Grades for Games is the brainchild of Burnley FC’s Chief Executive Lee Hoos who also serves as Chairman of Burnley FC in the Community.  Hoos said, “This initiative is the first of its kind anywhere in the country and we hope it will give students in the town an additional incentive to achieve. There has always been an extremely close relationship between Burnley Football Club and the town.” “We believe in our young people and are positive that we can have a positive impact on GCSE results in order for students to get a good foundation of qualifications to move either into further education or employment. That, in turn, will have a very beneficial effect on the entire town.”

David Burton, Headteacher at Sir John Thursby Community College added, "Sir John Thursby Community College students and staff are big supporters of Burnley Football Club. The successes of the school and the club mean we are both in the Premier League and we are delighted that our students' academic success can be rewarded at our local football club."

•    Almost 900 students are due to take their GCSEs in Burnley this summer.
•    If the pass rate can be lifted to 60%, then almost 540 students could be entitled to free tickets.
•    Burnley has the highest per capita support for its football team of any town in the country.
•    On an average home match day, almost 25% of the town’s 75,000 population go to Turf Moor to support their team.

For further enquiries regarding our 'Grades For Games' scheme please contact the Head of Community, Neil Hart at
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