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Football development

Get ahead of the game and join the Newcastle and Stafford College Football Academy.

With Newcastle and Stafford's Football Academy, you can further your career on the pitch, and gain nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.

As a member of the Football Academy you will be a part of a Football Development Centre that is recognised as a Football Association Focus College. You’ll also receive professional coaching from experienced UEFA licensed coaches. In addition, you will take part in three practical training sessions a week (eight hours in total) that fit around your College timetable, as well as playing regular competitive fixtures in the Midland Football College’s national and regional league.

Why Newcastle and Stafford College?

The College is West Midlands Sports College of the Year 2012 and 2014, as awarded by AoC Sport; and was rated as ‘Outstanding’ for sport, leisure and recreation by Ofsted in 2014.

Students will also benefit from Newcastle College’s first class sporting facilities, including a 3G pitch and a fitness centre at the Gordon Banks Sports Centre.

What are the entry requirements?

Newcastle and Stafford Football Academy is open to 16-19 year old males and females. You can be a student on any full-time course and you’ll need to have a good level of football playing experience, plus we’ll ask you to provide a suitable reference from your club or coach. 

What will the training involve?

Your training sessions will usually take place on the 3G pitch or grass pitches at the College campus, where you’ll get help developing your individual skills as well as working on team tactics and set pieces. You’ll also receive your own technical programme to work to, and training may occasionally involve using the other facilities at the Gordon Banks Sports Centre; such as the fitness suite and the indoor sports hall.

Andy Griffin

Former Stoke City Football Club captain Andy Griffin joined the Newcastle and Stafford College's professional football coaching staff in 2014 and provides skills training to all of the Academy members.


Former Newcastle and Stafford Football Academy student John Johnston who signed for professional side Crewe Alexandra.

How do I apply?

To gain a place on the Newcastle and Stafford Football Academy, you’ll need to attend a trial to demonstrate your footballing ability, and meet the minimum entry requirements for your chosen college course.

Remember – you don’t have to study sport to be a member of the Newcastle and Stafford Football Academy!


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