Darlington Football Club Academy

OVERVIEW

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

LEAGUE
National League U19 Alliance

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

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

FOOTBALL TRAINING

Darlington FC

EDUCATION PROVIDER
SCL Education Group

COURSE START DATE
September 2019

LOCATION
Darlington FC, Blackwell Meadows, Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5NR

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

 

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TRIALS

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. BOOK YOUR TRIAL
    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • Provide the information requested

  2. ATTEND TRIAL
    • Demonstrate your skills
    • Successful players will be offered an interview

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

  4. PRESENTATION
    • 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.

EDUCATION

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

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

DIGITAL LEARNING

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

FOOTBALL

  • Play football in the National League U19 Alliance
  • 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.

 

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THE COACH


Tommy Wright
, a 33 year old UEFA Licensed Coach in his fourth season of Management. Having experienced it all in a short period of time, from winning a League Title in his first season, to being relegated in his second. Once this season comes to a close it will be back to back mid table finishes with the focus on reaching the playoffs next term.

This will be the third Football Academy Tommy has set up, and after handing out over thirty first team debuts at his two previous Clubs Nuneaton Town and Corby Town, once again Tommy will be looking to make his mark on youngsters careers. A key part of his philosophy and focus is integrating youth and player development.

As a player Tommy achieved what all aspiring 16-18 year olds want to achieve. A Premier League debut as a seventeen year old playing for his hometown team Leicester City. The striker then went onto represent England at both a European under 19 Championship and an under 20 World Cup wearing the number 9 jersey in the process. After representing Clubs such as Leicester City, Barnsley and Aberdeen through a 12 year playing career he entered into Management. 

 

Location

The Football Academy will be based at Darlington FC, Blackwell Meadows, Grange Road, Darlington, DL1 5NR.

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  • 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.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.