Our new football programme is open to Post-16 students of all abilities and is not gender-specific. The course is designed and delivered by former Derby County professional footballer Greg Mills. Given his background in the sport, Mr Mills is uniquely placed to be able to provide high quality coaching whilst drawing on contacts he still has in the industry to provide other exciting opportunities.
Our further education programme has been designed to ensure that students can practice like athletes whilst striving to obtain A-Levels and/or vocational qualifications. We believe that students should be able to select qualifications that meet the career path they wish to pursue. Joining our programme will assist students in achieving their personal goals as the academy is able to offer a number of A-Levels and vocational qualifications whilst organising the timetable to allow for 5 hours of football and fitness each week. This is comprised of 4 hours of football coaching and 1 hour of strength and conditioning.
The sixth form programme also includes the creation of a football team for both male and female students, who will be given the chance to represent the academy in an external league, with regular matches to help develop match fitness, touch and confidence.
Throughout the delivery of our programme, we will be mirroring the same practices used in professional football academies. We will provide regular player feedback, monitor our coaching delivery improve the facilities being utilised and most importantly understand each student’s aspirations within sport, education and on to their future employment.
The academy now has fantastic links with local professional and semi-professional football clubs. As part of the offer, we will design a programme that will suit your academic requirements whilst giving you access to a range of footballing pathways.
This initiative will offer you the opportunity to play football at a higher level, receive an excellent education and receive acces to the academy’s support staff, such as those offering advice on careers or higher education. Throughout the delivery of this programme, new and exciting opportunities will be added, we are invested in producing the best course possible.