If you live, breathe and sleep football, then we’re the college for you. You can study any of our full time school leaver study programmes in any subject, including sport or A Levels and become a member of our Men’s Football Academy. You’ll develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a career in sport or to go on to university or an apprenticeship and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst also training and playing football each week.

Gateshead Football Club Scholarship

We have an exclusive partnership with Gateshead Football Club and together have developed a scholarship programme which combines outstanding education and football excellence. This unique programme will enable you to gain the skills, knowledge, confidence and attitude required to build a meaningful and long lasting career in the football industry. 


To make sure all our academy members stay at the top of their game and are able to improve, we’ve created a unique development pathway programme with a dedicated package of support for each level.

Sport Pathway Diagram V3


  • David Carson - Blackburn Rovers (2012-2014)
  • Adam Reach - Middlesbrough FC and Sheffield Wednesday (2008-2010)
  • Dean Briggs - Brisbane City FC Australia (2012-2014)


Academy success

  • 18 Regional League titles
  • 10 Regional Cups
  • 41 students have signed professional contracts
  • 67 students have progressed on to scholarship programmes in the USA
  • 15 students have played representative football (English Schools or English Colleges FA)

My time at Gateshead College prepared me for moving to university in the USA. Training at such a high level helped me improve as a player.

Jake Winship

Currently plays for the University of Tampa,USA

Meet the coach

Gary Middleton, Head Coach

Gary Middleton Mens Football Web

Gary has more than 20 years coaching experience for clubs including Newcastle United Academy and Newcastle Girls Centre of Excellence. He previously worked as a Coach Educator for the FA for 10 years and he has also worked in football development for Active Northumberland.

He had an extensive playing career, starting at Manchester United followed by a spell at Millwall FC. He also played at semi professional level for 17 years at clubs including Blyth Spartans, Bedlington Terriers, Morpeth Town and Whitley Bay. He played in the FA Vase final at Wembley in 1999 for Bedlington Terriers and he captained Whitley Bay to the clubs first FA Vase win at Villa Park in 2001.