About the programme
We’ve teamed up with Gateshead Football Club to offer an exciting football development 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.
You will play at the football club whilst studying for nationally recognised qualifications and developing the skills employers demand. You’ll also have the chance to complete work placements at Gateshead FC, giving you a real insight into all aspects of running a successful football club.
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As you would expect, the programme is designed like other professional football academies and includes nationally recognised qualifications which help you to develop the skills and knowledge employers look for. As a player scholar you will:
• Train full time at Gateshead Football Club
• Represent Gateshead Football Club in division 1 of the U19 Northern Alliance League
• Gain an employability qualification, a Level 2 Award in Employment and Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
• Undertake a work experience rotation in roles related to running a successful football club, for example football administration and strength and conditioning.
You’ll be trained and guided by the professionals at Gateshead Football Club and the expert teaching and coaching team at our Academy for Sport.
Where will I study?
You will spend the majority of your time on the programme at Gateshead Football Club as part of their professional playing squad. One day a week will be spent at our Academy for Sport at Gateshead International Stadium understanding the theory that will underpin your practical knowledge.
Before the programme
In order to secure a place on the programme you will undertake a football trial under the eyes of the team manager. The squad is selected on performance at trial and players should also have GCSE English and Maths a grade 9-4 (A*-C) to be eligible.
After the programme
This destination driven programme has been specifically designed to enable you to secure a job in a wide range of roles connected to the football industry. There is a clear focus for preparing you for a long-lasting career throughout the programme, ensuring you have the skills, knowledge and contacts you need to be successful, as well as a qualification.