We’ve teamed up with Gateshead College to offer a football development programme which combines outstanding education and football excellence.

This unique programme will enable you to gain the skills, knowledge, confidence and attitude required to build a meaningful and long lasting career in the football industry.

On the programme, you will play or coach at the professional football club whilst studying for nationally recognised qualifications and developing the skills employers demand. You’ll also have the chance to complete work rotations, giving you a real insight into all aspects of running a successful football club.

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Programme content

The programme is designed around two scholarship pathways, the Player Scholar pathway and the Coaching Scholar pathway, allowing you to choose the specialism most suitable to your abilities and ambitions. Both pathways include nationally recognised qualifications and help students develop the skills and knowledge employers look for.

As a Player scholar:

* Train full time at Gateshead Football Club.

* Represent the club in the Premier Northern Alliance League.

* Gain an employability qualification, a Level 2 Award in Employment and Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning.

* Undertake a work experience rotation in roles related to running a successful football club, for example football administration and strength and conditioning.

As a Coaching scholar:

* Gain a FA Level 2 qualification.

* Deliver coaching sessions at the club and in the community, alongside professional Gateshead Football Club staff.

* Gain an employability qualification, a Level 2 Award in Employment and Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning

The team

You’ll be trained and guided by the professionals at Gateshead Football Club and the expert teaching and coaching team at our Academy for Sport.

Where will I study?

You will spend the majority of your time on the programme at Gateshead Football Club as part of our professional player or coaching team. One day a week will be spent at the College’s Academy for Sport understanding the theory that will underpin your practical knowledge.

After the programme

This destination driven programme has been specifically designed to enable you to secure a job in a wide range of roles connected to the football industry. There is a clear focus for preparing you for a long-lasting career throughout the programme, ensuring you have the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to be successful, as well as a qualification.