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Derby County Community Trust offer the chance for young people, aged 16-18, to balance their academic studies with a part time coaching placement whilst on our Football and Education programme. 

The placement will be taken in our Schools and Coaching department and mainly be based around coaching children between the ages of 4-11 years old in both school and community settings.

A typical week will consist of 14 hours per week on academic studies and 8-10 hours per week of coaching experience and be a mix of day time, evening and weekend sessions.

Please note, the placement will take the place of football training and fixtures within our Football and Education programme, but all academic studies will be delivered alongside peers. Successful candidates will need to commit to both academic and experience aspects in order to remain on the programme.

The length of the course is between one and three years depending on the level of entry and development onto further academic qualifications. This is an unpaid placement opportunity designed to allow learners to develop both their academic and 'real life' experience simultaneously.

Alongside the practical experience that the students will gain, there are also a number of qualifications that can form part of this course as well as being provided with staff kit.

The academic part of the course must be completed within one of our partner education venues (Friesland School, University of Derby, Chesterfield College or Derby Rugby Club).

Across these venues we offer a full range of academic study options, including L2 and L3 NCFE in Sport, L3 BTEC in Sport, L3 Cambridge National in Sport and A-Levels in a variety of subjects. We also offer Functional Skills and GCSE resit options for students who require them.

All courses may be subject to change in line with national trends and are chosen based on achieving the most for our learners to ensure maximum UCAS are gained to provide the best exit routes, including our in-house Community Football Coaching and Development degree.

To find out more please see our full Education prospectus or attend an upcoming open day. Details can be found below.


I was lucky enough to have a few female coaches when I was growing up and playing football. It really gave me the inspiration to pursue a coaching career and become a positive role model for others.

Ellie Marshall, Community Coach Apprentice

Please register your interest here and a member of the team will be in touch.

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