Central YMCA Football Academy

Combine your passion for football with first-class education
Our 16-18 full-time education and football scholarship is the perfect place for you to springboard your career.

We have partnered with a number of Football Clubs across the UK to offer players between 16-19 years of age with an outstanding fully-funded education programme to go alongside high performing, professional football training.

This is the chance for you to train and play like a pro with expert coaches whilst studying towards a substantial qualification. Learners are expected to put in as much work academically as they do on the pitch, ensuring they are on the right path to establishing themselves in the industry.

 

Your Programme will be made up of:
  • 1. Football training: You will work on your game while being coached by expert coaches.
  • 2. Your qualification: Study towards a Level 2 or Level 3 diploma to guarantee you keep your options open in the industry
  • 3. Personal and professional development: The programme is enhanced with a series of activities and tutorials that might range from CV writing to nutrition advice or planning how to rent your first flat.
  • 4. Maths and English: If you have not yet achieved a grade 4-9 (formerly A+ - C) in GCSE Maths and/or English, you will continue to study these subjects at your level.
  • 5. Outstanding support: We will give you full support with a wide range of education and welfare needs and you will learn in a friendly, positive and supportive environment.
Key information

Locations

Bedford, Dulwich, Leeds, Stockport & Wimborne

Start date

September 2022  

Duration

2 to 3 years
Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 4pm

What next?

Our Football academies offer clear routes to semi-professional and professional football, as well as University. 

With football becoming an industry about more than just the players, we work closely with learners to identify areas of interest off the pitch, then guide them towards the job role within football that matches that interest. Your career could include Coaching, Scouting, Physiotherapy, Personal Training and many more.  

 

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“My Education experience at Farsley has been excellent. It helps you become independent when doing your assignments & confident when showing your presentations to the group. The course we do also helped me to get a deeper understanding of football & sport in general which helps when I go out to train and play games. We get great support from our tutor.” 

 

Kamil Wojcik – FCFC Academy player 

 

Find out more about each location

Bedford: Leon Barnett Football Academy

Qualifications

Address: 

Leon Barnett Football Academy
Cranfield Pavilion
Lower Breaches Garden
Cranfield MK43 1 AH

You can study the following courses at this location: 

  • Level 3 Certificate in Sport and Physical activity ( sports coaching)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical activity ( sports coaching)

 

 

Dulwich: Dulwich FC

Qualifications

Address: 

Dulwich Sports Ground
Cranfield Pavilion
Turney Road
London SE21 7JH

You can study the following courses at this location: 

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma is Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport

 

Leeds: Farsely Celtic Football Club

Qualifications

Address: 

The Citadel,
Newlands,
Farsley, Pudsey
LS28 5BE

You can study the following courses at this location: 

  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Sport
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sports and Physical Activity 
  • NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

 

Stockport: Dragon Football Academy

Qualifications

Address: 

Dragon Football Academy
Reddish North End FC
The Mike Doyle Centre
Browning Road,
North Reddish,
Stockport SK5 6JW

You can study the following courses at this location: 

  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development

 

Wimborne: Wimborne Town FC

Qualifications

Address: 

Wimborne Town FC
16 Ainsley Road
Wimborne, Dorset,
BH21

You can study the following courses at this location: 

  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport
  • BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Sport