Football College Academy

Combine education with the life of a professional footballer

YOUNG people aged between 16 and 18 can apply to study on our Football Education Programmes based at Home Park in Plymouth and Carn Brea in Cornwall. The programmes provide talented and enthusiastic youngsters with the opportunity to train and play as a football scholar in tandem with their academic studies. The programme sees the students participate in a number of academic studies alongside a football scholarship run by Plymouth Argyle Football Club. The programme is designed to give young people not only skill development of their game but excellent academic qualifications that can take them into universities, overseas education, employment and work places.

The programme in both locations benefit from highly-qualified coaches as well as seeing players receive guidance and support by ex-professionals, including Lee Hodges and Jamie Day. With a BTEC, delivered in partnership with local schools and colleges, it’s an excellent first step on the way to a career in the sports industry. Former participants have gone on to study at university, receive football scholarships abroad and even attend trials at a host of professional football clubs.

A two-year, full-time education and football development programme delivered in partnership with professional and non-league football clubs

Players typically receive up to ten hours of training each week alongside academic lessons and our students based at Home Park enjoy a unique setting of having the stadium as their place of study. Both locations with their players relish the chance to compete to be involved within the National Football Youth League U19 which includes teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Watford, Liverpool, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Exeter and many more across the country.

The teams compete in the National Education League and the National Futsal League, taking on clubs from across the country and in the 2015-16 season saw the Plymouth team reach the semi-finals of the National Cup against Liverpool FC.

For more information on the Home Park programme, please contact

For more information on the Carn Brea programme, please contact