ABOUT THE EDUCATION
WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR?
The NPL Football Academy is for those who wish to combine progression in football, whilst having the opportunity to gain educational sporting qualifications. This vocational element of the programme is tailored for those who wish to combine progression in football, either playing or coaching, with the dynamic area of physical education, sports coaching and sports science.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS CAN I ACHIEVE?
There is a range of qualifications that are available to students on the course. The core modules of the education programme focus on developing knowledge and understanding of sports science, leadership and coaching skills to enhance sports performance.
Students can achieve the following qualifications:
NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership
BTEC Level 3 in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)
BTEC Level 3 in Sport (Performance and Excellence)
WHAT PROGRESSION IS THERE ONCE THE COURSE IS COMPLETED?
The course above can lead to further studies in higher education (such as a university or our own degree pathway that enables you to continue to train and play matches for your academy) or direct employment opportunities in a variety of sectors, such as sports coaching or sports management. On the football side of the programme, students have the opportunity to play for semi-professional/professional clubs as well as the pathway to study, coach and play in the United States or elsewhere on an international scholarship.
WHERE WILL THE COURSE BE BASED?
The education will be based at each individual football club or a local facility nominated by the club with a dedicated college tutor delivering the qualification.
At certain times throughout the duration of the programme, specialist facilities may also be used for elements of the course, in particular the ‘Instruction of Physical Activity and Exercise’ module; which provides a foundation of knowledge in Personal Training.
WHAT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?
Students will be given the opportunity to build up their own CV and take part in work experience at the football clubs, gaining experience on match days and non-match days, through a wide range of tasks which could include coaching, administration, promotion, marketing, etc; and will differ from club to club.