Football and education

We currently offer young people the chance to train and study with Albion in the Community on our football and education programmes.

We run a post-16 education programme which combines academic study with a practical platform, helping scholars progress in football, futsal and education.

Our teaching and coaching staff are all fully-qualified and take pride in the support they offer students. In our well-structured, nurturing environment, students improve their academic attainment and football and futsal skills, as well as developing and enhancing soft skills, like communication, confidence and self-awareness.

Our key values, which we embed across our programme, include: commitment, respect, quality and teamwork.

Scholars can opt to play 11-a-side football or futsal alongside their studies, although scholars are given the opportunity to play both versions of the game during their time with us.

A brief summary of both platforms is as follows:

11-a-side: Our 11-a-aside teams benefit from three training sessions each week, alongside at least one competitive fixture. Training is overseen by our team of experienced and highly-qualified  coaching staff, including Brighton & Hove Albion legend Guy Butters. Our coaching curriculum will guide players through individual and team development, preparing players for our weekly fixtures in the National Football Youth League.

Futsal: Training for our futsal teams takes place across three days each week, with sessions overseen by our team of experienced futsal coaches, which includes former Seagulls defender Danny Cullip. Training sessions are designed to enhance overall technical development, encourage quick decision making, and boost a player’s confidence on the ball and in possession. Out futsal teams compete twice-weekly in the EFL Trust’s futsal leagues.

How to apply?

The first thing to do is contact us via email at: BTEC@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

You will then be asked to complete and submit an expression of interest form.

Potential scholars will the be invited to:

  • An open evening, usually in October or April.
  • Trials, usually in October, February and April.
  • A formal interview in April or May.
  • Pre-season training in July and August.

Successful applicants will then join our programme, working towards one of our sport-related qualifications.

These include:

Level 2 Diploma in Sport: 

  • Full-time, year-long course.
  • Equivalent to four GCSEs.
  • Enables progression to the Level 3 course.
  • Minimum of eight hours education time each week.
  • Entry requirements: aged 16-18; three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 3/D.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity:

  • Full-time, two-year course.
  • Equivalent to three A-levels.
  • Minimum eight hours education time each week.
  • Entry requirements: aged 16-18; five GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade 4/C.

Development opportunities

Studying for a diploma or extended diploma is an excellent route into the sports industry, or a fantastic way to access further study within the subject field at university. The skills learned during students’ time with Albion in the Community are also transferable to other industries and the completion of our course demonstrates a number of skills which are particularly-desirable to potential employers.

During their time with us, scholars are also given opportunities to volunteer with other areas of the charity, while many of our scholars have also been given the chance to take up paid work around their studies in various roles with Albion in the Community, or on a match day with Brighton & Hove Albion.

For more information on our football and education programme email: BTEC@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.