Football and education - Albion in the Community

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.

Our post-16 education programme combines academic study with a practical platform, helping students progress in their education, as well as further developing their football and/or futsal skills.

How to apply directly?

Download our Application form (PDF) and send it to:

Potential students will then be invited to:

  • Virtual trials on the 17 February 10am-12pm.
  • Virtual open evening Wednesday 24 February 5.30-7.30 pm.
  • Formal interviews 8-10 March by invitation (time to be confirmed).
  • Practical trials 7 and 8 April (times to be confirmed)
  • Pre-season training in July and August 2021.

For more information on our football and education programme email:


About our programme:

Our teaching and coaching staff are fully-qualified and take pride in the support they offer students. We provide a well-structured, nurturing environment for students to improve their academic attainment and practical 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.

Students can opt to play 11-a-side football or futsal alongside their studies, although students 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 Association of Colleges Futsal Leagues.

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, students are also given opportunities to volunteer with other areas of the charity, while many of our students 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 matchday with Brighton & Hove Albion.