Herefordshire & Ludlow College and Cheltenham Town have announced a new collaboration to deliver an invigorating new opportunity to the male footballing talent in Herefordshire and nearby counties.
Students hoping to make the ‘big-time’ as footballers, coaches, trainers and other careers within the football industry can now combine their footballing interest with a full-time college course. The development hopes to include female players in the coming years.
The Football Education Programme allows students to train and play like professional athletes, while obtaining a Sport Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.
How much football training is included?
Each week, there will be up to eight hours of football training and game time, alongside strength and conditioning training and individual programmes – which are led by UEFA-licensed coaches.
Students will also have the opportunity to play in the Under 19s English Football League and the Community & Education Football Alliance League. Matches may include Portsmouth, Swindon, Plymouth, Bournemouth, Newport County and Bristol City. There will also be an opportunity to play in the Under 18s Midland Floodlit Youth League if you show progression.
What programme of study could I follow?
Student’s football development can be combined with either a BTEC Level 2 or 3 in Sport, meaning that students can still study whilst doing the sport they love! Each programme will include Maths and English qualifications for those that need them, as well as gaining employability skills and work experience.
What could I do next?
Students may be able to progress to University after being on the programme to take their education further, or alternatively Apprenticeships are available for those who would prefer to enter employment and earn whilst they learn.
Any player who excels on the football and education programme will also have the opportunity to train with the Cheltenham Town FC Academy youth team. 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?
Apply via the Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College website.
How can I apply for a trial?
The trials are taking place at Herefordshire FA 3G, County Ground, Widemarsh Common, Hereford, HR4 9NA on
Thursday 3rd June, 9-12 noon
Friday 18th June, 9-12 noon
Tuesday 24th June, 9-12noon
If you think this is for you, then please apply for a trial online. All abilities are welcome.