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 Leisure Centre in west 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 work towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels) vocational academic qualification alongside a comprehensive football scholarship, all entirely staffed by Plymouth Argyle Football Club. The programme is designed to give young people ownership over their personal development both on and off of the pitch to support their future goals whether that be progressing on to UK based universities, overseas education scholarships, employment, sports industry apprenticeships/internships or by progressing into the professional game as a player.

The programmes in both locations benefit  from UEFA qualified coaches across all teams and guidance and support from ex-professionals, including Lee Hodges, Gary Sawyer and Jamie Day.

The academic aspect of the programme is delivered by qualified teachers (PGCE, QTLS) all who also have UEFA coaching licences to blend the on pitch and classroom learning together to bring the learning to life and provide industry relevant experiences to help the learners understand the opportunities available to them in the future.

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, including technical, tactical and strength and conditioning specific training, as well as futsal sessions and planned recovery sessions to maximise development.

All players across both sites represent Plymouth Argyle FC in competitive leagues, the Plymouth based programme compete in the National Youth Football League (NYFL) and the Cornwall based programme compete in the EFL Community & Football Alliance League (CEFA), this includes playing against clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Watford, Southampton, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Swindon & Exeter and many more across the Country.

For more information on the Home Park programme, please contact lee.britchford@pafc.co.uk

For more information on the Carn Brea programme, please contact mike.foley@pafc.co.uk