This popular level 2 course provides a superb pathway towards a career in sport! Applications are welcome whatever your GCSE targets/results. Upon successful completion of this 1 year course you then have the option to progress onto our 2 year level 3 / level 3 extended course (if you gain 4 GCSE's level 4-9 you could change to the level 3 course right from the start).
Enjoy your sports education, sandwiched between a daily sports training programme, which includes a choice of; football/futsal, fitness/gym and mixed martial arts (you can choose to specialise in one area or choose any 2 / all 3). On-site facilities include grass pitches and training areas, gym, clubhouse, kitchen, classrooms, briefing/presentation area and changing rooms. In order to maintain high training standards all year round we also have regular use of local astro-turf, indoor futsal facilities and a dedicated mixed martial arts gym, with competition ring. This high quality course continues to offer more:
- Sport, education & life skills
- Advanced and Elite football training
- Fitness, strength & conditioning (on site gym)
- Mixed Martial Arts training (off site dedicated gym)
- Speed and reaction training
- Technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social development
- NEW! Performance analysis
- NEW! Regular futsal programme
FSD Academy use FA & UEFA qualfied football/futsal coaches, qualified gym / personal training instructors and a professional MMA/UFC fighter within our programme. Coaches put your development first whilst allowing you to experience the competitve nature of sport. You should be competent in sport to join this course but the aim is for you to improve significantly within our programme and realise your potential.
Within this level 2 course you can choose 1, 2 or 3 sports from; football/futsal, fitness/gym and mixed martial arts. This will enable you to pursue your passion by specialising in one sport or enhance your overall sport and fitness capabilities, experience, knowledge and understanding by combining 2 or 3 areas.
If you choose the football/futsal pathway then we operate two training programmes:
> Advanced training programme
> Elite training programme
Both of these programmes are intensive, with the Elite programme aiming towards securing semi-profesional and professional trials for individuals. It is possiible to move between programmes, based upon progress.
Typical Training Hours (Per Week)
(Elite Football - 8-10 hours)
Founders Matthew Piper (former Premier League player with LCFC & Sunderland) and Owen Johnson (former LCFC academy player and founder of dont.just.kick.it) have extensive football connections in the professional and semi-professional game and will seek trials for individual players that consistently demonstrate the required ability, effort and attitude. Opportunities for semi-pro or professional fighting can also be provided where appropriate in mixed martial arts.
With the majority of your learning linked to sport, you will need to work hard, but the environment is not like school. Your education will be completed through group discussion and activities, combined with practical / written tasks and assignments. Example learning units include; participation in sport, the human body, muscle groups / functions, sports nutrition, sports coaching, tactical awareness, sports psychology, performance analysis, sports events / business and more. Opportunities for voluntering and work experience can also enhance your career opportunities, alongside optional extras of FA coaching and refereeing qualifications. You may be required to take Maths and/or English (GCSE or Functional Skills) alongside this course depending on your GSCE results.
Typical Education Hours (Per Week)
BTEC/NFER only - 10.5 hours.
BTEC/NFER, plus Maths and/or English where required (GCSE or Functional Skills) - 14.5 hours
At FSD, we offer more than sports and education! Our ‘LIFE SKILLS’ programme is the extra ‘magic ingredient’ that provides a superb foundation for everything we do. Visitors often comment about the ‘positive vibes’ in the academy and our unique life skills focus no doubt makes a difference. In addition to inspirational guest speakers, (such as; ex. pro football players, professional UFC fighters, current LCFC staff, Sergeant Majors and more) we now offer additional experiences such as playing at the King Power Stadium or Belvoir Drive, trips to Premier League grounds (such as Old Trafford) and memorable overseas experiences for competiton and team-building (in 2019 we travelled to Marbella, Spain). Where trips have an active football or futsal focus but you haven't chosen football/futsal, students are still encouraged to participate with roles in coaching, warm up, cool down, sports nutrition, performance analysis, sports psychology or physio.
Day to day, we promote manners, good social skills and a positive mindset. FSD staff make time to get to know you individually and you will ‘feel at home’ in our academy. This all helps you to fully enjoy your time here; progressing in sport and education, whilst becoming a better person, who will make a good first impression and a bigger impact in life.