Volenti Academy


A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds. 

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Up to 280

FA National Football Youth Development League

FREE for 16-18 year olds - There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit

3 GCSES A-C or 8-4 preferably one Maths or English


SCL Education Group

September 2018

Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football,  Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.

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    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • Provide the information requested

    • Demonstrate your skills
    • Successful players will be offered an interview

    • One hour Education interview
    • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

    • For you and your parents
    • Hear about the Education and Football programme
    • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
    • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
    • Ask any questions

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.


Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL. 

  • Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance 
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments 
  • Proven Progression routes


In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.

  • Access study resources any place and at any time
  • Simple submission of assignments online
  • Students can interact with their class, teachers and coaches using Yammer
  • Direct access to timetables, learner plans and emails 
  • Immediate access to tutor support
  • Coaches will share Football performance and grades directly with students online
  • A section of the Pro-VLE solely dedicated to information, advice and guidance on Career Progression
  • Policies, Procedures, bursary forms and safeguarding information available at the click of a button
  • FREE Microsoft Office 365


  • Play in the Football in the FA National Football Youth Development League
  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy.

Volenti run a well known management company (www.volenti.co.uk) enabling students to benefit from our extensive network of contacts to access opportunities at all levels of the game.



Played over 400 games for, amongst others, Crystal Palace, Millwall and Colchester. He coached the Bromley FC First Team and has extensive, successful experience coaching youth team football.

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The Football Academy will be based at:

Cold harbour Leisure Centre

Chapel Farm Rd,





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  • Mike and Bobby of Volenti have been a massive part of my career, realising potential in me from a young age and then nurturing me on and off the field to help me forge a way in the game. Elliott Bennett, Blackburn Rovers Midfielder

  • Volenti's encouragement & support have made made him see the need to work hard & the focus required to achieve his goals for now & in the future. As Bobby has said "The hard work starts now." Player Parent

  • Bobby's excellent coaching over the years has been instrumental in making this a reality and he is now loving the opportunity he has playing for Charlton FC Academy. Player Parent

  • I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Volenti to any player who is looking to develop further and receive real guidance and seize opportunities to progress to that next level. Player Parent

  • Volenti's first class coaching has influenced how my son has developed, the way he plays and how he approaches the game both mentally and physically. Player Parent

  • I am forever indebted to the work they have both put in to me and have made very good friends for life above all else. Thanks guys. Elliott Bennett, Blackburn Rovers Midfielder

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

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