Women's Football Academy

If you live, breathe and sleep football, then we’re the college for you. You can study any of our full time school leaver programmes, including sport or A Levels and become a member of our Women’s Football Academy.

You’ll develop the knowledge and expertise you need for a career in sport or to move on to university or an apprenticeship and gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst training and playing each week to develop your football skills.


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

I chose Gateshead College because I wanted to further my education while still playing football. I got to train at great facilities and work with amazing people. Going to Gateshead set me up with an opportunity to play in America, I believe helped me become more experienced as a player and helped me to get selected for the England senior squad.

Demi Stokes

Currently plays for Manchester City and England.


  • Jill Scott - Manchester City Women and England
  • Carly Telford - Notts County Ladies and England
  • Demi Stokes - Manchester City Women and England
  • Danielle Brown - Sunderland Ladies and England U19
  • Rachel Furness - Reading and Northern Ireland
  • Rachael Laws - Durham and England
  • Julie Lowe - England U19
  • Helen Alderson - England U19
  • Keira Ramshaw - England U19
  • Abbey Joice - England U19


Academy success

  • English Schools Football Association (ESFA) National Champions (2016/17)
  • Association of Colleges (AoC) Elite League Winners (2015/16)
  • AoC National Play off Winners (2015/16)
  • AoC North East League Winners (2015/16)
  • 14 National League titles since 2002
  • 6 National Cups
  • 3 National Playoff titles