Horsfall College of Sport, the academy arm of Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC is teaming up with SCL Education Group to deliver a training and education programme for 16-18 year olds, offering them a stepping stone into a career in football, and in further education.
The programme will support students in developing valuable life skills, as they gain key qualifications alongside relevant work experience and an excellent full-time football training programme from Bradford (Park Avenue).
All educational aspects of the programme will be fully managed by SCL, a leading independent provider of education through sport. SCL are approved to deliver qualifications with over 15 years’ experience in delivering a range of forward-thinking and successful sports programmes for young adults.
Horsfall College of Sport is the new name adopted by Bradford (Park Avenue) AFC for its academy which, has been based at Grange Technology College for the last two years and will move to Horsfall Stadium from September 2018. The college provides opportunities for 16 – 18 year olds to gain an academic qualification whilst developing their technical and personal skills. Although only two years old the college has had four scholars involved in the first team this pre-season with Matthew Rowntree becoming the first scholar to score in a first team fixture. All coaches, led by Alex Meechan, are fully qualified with ‘A’ licensed UEFA badges and offer a strong training programme to develop each individual’s technical ability. The college also offers a fully fitted medical room under the management of our Head of Medicine Tally Clayton.
Couple this with a support network from SCL consisting of tutors, curriculum managers, quality assessors and operations support, it’s a programme that’s hard to rival.
CEO Rob Stanley stated, “Partnering with a company of SCL’s standing is a strong move for the club and college. Their expertise in their field will enable the club to concentrate on providing quality coaching sessions in order to develop both the individual technically and personally. This is an exciting time for the college and we are looking forward to working closely with SCL to develop the college and courses we offer”
Students will benefit from:
Full-time education and training programme
Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
Guidance on individual football fitness
Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch
Proven progression routes
Graduates of the programme will have the opportunity to progress onto fantastic exit routes, including professional or semi-professional football, further education, scholarships abroad, training or employment.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Programme or know someone who would like to apply, please contact: