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Students with an ambition to train as professional footballers can now combine sport with a full-time college course. We have teamed up with the Foundation Academy of Premier League Crystal Palace Football Club to deliver football training at our Booth Lane campus for students aged 16-18.

The programme is being led by former Crystal Palace, Northampton Town, Manchester City and Arsenal player, Eddie McGoldrick, who also played for the Republic of Ireland on the international stage.

How much football coaching is included?

There will be two hours of football coaching each day, alongside strength and conditioning training and individual programmes, led by UEFA-licensed coaches. Students will train during the morning and afternoon, and coaching sessions will be based on five modules - technical, tactical, physical, nutritional and psychological.

Students will also have the chance to play in the National Football Youth League with Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle United.

What programme of study could I follow?

Football coaching is combined with a BTEC Level 3 in Sport, enabling students to study while they play, and secure qualifications that could lead to higher education or an apprenticeship. The study programme will include maths and English qualifications, for those that need them, as well as employability skills and work experience.

How many places are available at the Football Academy?

The Academy has places for around 80 students, both male and female. The Foundation Academy is actively looking for girls to join the programme and participate in the National Football Youth League (NFYL).

What could I do next?

Students will be able to progress to higher education or an Apprenticeship for those who prefer to enter employment and earn while they learn.

Any players who excel at the Football Academy will also have the opportunity to try out for Crystal Palace’s main youth academy in South East London. Former Academy students have had trials for several non-league, semi-professional and professional football clubs and won scholarships to colleges in the USA.

How can I apply for a place?

Please come along to one of our Open Events or follow this link to apply for the Level 3 Football and Education Programme


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