We’re the No.1 college in the North East and at the top of our game when it comes to sport education and training.

Our state-of-the-art Academy for Sport, based next to Gateshead International Stadium, is home to nine specialist sport academies which all offer outstanding training, coaching and playing opportunities.

There are two ways you can join us:

Study sport & play sport

If you live, breathe and sleep sport, then we’re the college for you. We offer a range of vocational and technical sport courses which you can study alongside training and playing for one of our academies. You’ll develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a career in sport and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst also honing your skills in your chosen sport.

Study anything & play sport

You don’t need to study sport to join an academy. You can join any of our school leaver programmes, including A levels and vocational qualifications such as construction, automotive or IT and be part of one of our academies. This gives you the best of both worlds; you get to study the subject of our choice whilst also developing your sporting talents.

Best facilities in the UK.

Our dedicated Academy for Sport, based next to Gateshead International Stadium is home to some of the best sport facilities in the country.

  • Two 11-a-side 3G football pitches
  • Sports science and medicine facilities
  • Performance lab
  • Aerobics studio
  • Combat suite
  • 83m athletics hall
  • Ice and contrast bathing facilities
  • 3G artificial and grass pitches. 


We’re the only college in Tyne and Wear to hold an Ofsted Outstanding Grade one. We’re only interested in offering the very best quality of education and training. Anything less than an outstanding experience just isn’t good enough for our students. See below for what the inspectors said about our sport courses or read the full report here.

  • Very effective teaching, learning and assessment ensures learners achieve consistently above the high national rates
  • Sports learners make excellent progress in developing their practical skills; professional coaches use their expertise and subject knowledge very effectively to develop students’ physical, tactical and technical skills to a high level.
  • Learners benefit from access to an excellent range of high-quality, industry standard indoor and outdoor facilities which very effectively support their skills development.
  • Sector-specific work experience placements and a wide variety of work-related activities, events and projects are very effective in building learners’ confidence and preparing them for the world of work.