Derby County Community Trust Football and Education Programme

In partnership with local education providers, Derby County Community Trust’s Football and Education programme is an extraordinary platform that gives talented young individuals the chance continue their full-time academic studies whilst receiving professional football coaching four days a week with a weekly fixture.

The programme is designed to give 16 to 18-year-olds the best opportunity to gain A Level, NCFE or BTEC qualifications while training and competing in an elite football programme. Our coaches will be on hand to provide proper guidance to help participants find the correct balance of being a student athlete. Additionally, we will combine the technical, tactical, psychological and physical facets of the game to promote the development of both their studies and play.

On the pitch, the programme looks to test the players’ ability at the highest level of play outside of academy football. Competing in regional and national leagues will give players the opportunity to also trial at local semi-professional and professional clubs.

Other benefits of the programme include:

  • Access to high quality coaching and daily access to a UEFA Licensed qualified coaching team
  • Official match and training kit
  • Behind the scenes look at Derby County Football Club
  • Mentoring of students by football coaches
  • Support with academic studies by specialists at the college
  • Additional sports coaching qualifications available alongside studies
  • Opportunities for work experience and volunteering with Derby County Community Trust
  • Potential employment opportunities

The beauty of the programme is that we work in learning venues across the county, we currently run programmes in:

Chesterfield College
Derby (based at Derbyshire Cricket Club)
Friesland School
University of Derby

Interested in studying in 2020? 

We are running four Football and Education Post 16 Open Days in February Half Term across our venues.

Monday 17th February 2020 – University of Derby (Buxton and Leek College) – 1.00pm – 4.00pm

Tuesday 18th February 2020 – Chesterfield College – 10.00am – 1.00pm

Wednesday 19th February 2020 – Friesland School – 9.00am – 12.00pm

Thursday 20th February 2020 – Racecourse (SCL) – 1.00pm – 3.00pm


They will be practical-based sessions with the chance to talk to academic staff about your options.

Please fill in the form below to sign up.

Contact our Education Team on 01332 416140 or email at [email protected].

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