If you are interested in a career in sport, fitness or coaching, and want to develop your own football skills and game understanding alongside a study programme related to your career aspirations of working within a coaching, teaching or fitness environment, then this is the course for you.
You will undertake and gain an understanding of the fitness and football industry, and a range of coaching techniques and programmes. Our aim is to give you the tools required to succeed in the coaching and leading and enhance your employability skills.
Coaching of different ages and abilities, planning, organisation and improvement of own football and skills are some of the topics we cover here and opportunities to apply your skills in a school and football club are supported.
Students here will have the opportunity to choose to complete their FA Level 1, providing them with the industry specific qualifications needed to progress in their chosen career.
The course is delivered by a UEFA qualified football coach and FA Tutor, with links to a variety of external clubs and companies to gain valuable coaching and teaching experience.
The Merrist Wood College Football Development Centre offers full-time education programmes for 16-18 year olds, which incorporates both full-time football training with post-16 education across five days.
Students have the opportunity to take a course related to their career interests and gain an understanding of the football industry whilst developing their own football skills and performance.
Coaches working on the programme are experienced college tutors, and UEFA qualified coaches. The college team plays in the top national league and the coaches and tutors work hard to create opportunities for the players to play outside of college.
Some benefits of undertaking the below qualifications and joining our Football Development Centre are:
- Training 3 or 4 times a week
- Individual player analysis and training plans
- Gain paid work experience at the Merrist Wood Football Coaching School
- A Level option available alongside these programmes
- Trips and tours, previous trips include Barcelona and Tenerife
- Excellent progression routes to university, USA (coaching and playing scholarships), UK playing routes, Coaching and other industry roles
- Opportunities to visit local football academies
What you'll learn
Course content includes:
- Knowledge of the fitness and football industry
- Coaching techniques and programmes
- Planning, organisation and improvement
- Coaching for different age groups
How you'll learn and be assessed
All learners will complete an evidence pack, which will be completed whilst undertaking a work placement two days a week for 20 weeks.
Upon completion of your studies you will have the necessary skills and qualifications to begin a career in sport, these include options to go to progress onto our Level 3 Physical Education programme or BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Football. Some of our students have gone on from the Level 3 to some great careers in coaching, teaching and also even stayed on to work with us.
At least two to four GCSEs at grades 2 – 3 (grade D – E) or above, including Maths and English, or a relevant Level 1 qualification in Sport.
Additional costs include a branded Nike kit bundle from £200.