Our successful Football Academy programme for 16-18 year olds is aimed at players of a good standard wishing to develop a career in football or the football industry.
Run in partnership with professional coaches from Advanced Player Development (APD), the academy has an established boys and girls setup. We play around 10 marquee matches per season against professional club academies across the country and in Europe, league matches every Wednesday and pre-season friendlies against local, professional and non-league clubs. Guest coaches from professional clubs and specialist goalkeeping coaches attend the programme regularly and the APD Head Coaches hold the prestigious UEFA A and B Licences.
The educational scheme allows football enthusiasts to improve both their academic qualifications and level of football proficiency with the aim of establishing a career either with a professional or non-league club or within the industry as coaches or training staff.
The College offers a number of Nationally recognised qualifications over a 1, 2 or 3 year period.
Players must be enrolled on one of the following programmes to be considered in the academy;
- Development of football skills
- Injury identification and rehabilitation
- Phases and functions of play
- Principles of team and set pieces
- Anaerobic training and plyometrics including SAQ
- Fitness testing and monitoring
8 hours of professional football coaching/theory per week from APD's UEFA qualified coaches.
Once students have completed the academic side of the programme there are a number of progression routes including;
- higher education
- coaching placements
- playing scholarships in America