The 3 year FSD Academy programme has become our most popular pathway! You can maximise your football development over 3 years and secure qualifications equivalent to 3 A' Levels. Enjoy your sports education, sandwiched between a daily football & futsal training pathway. 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 and indoor futsal facilities. This high quality course continues to offer more:
• Sport, education & life skills
• Advanced and Elite football training
• Level 2 AND Level 3 (Ext) Sport Diploma
• Strength & conditioning (on site gym)
• Speed and reaction training
• Technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social development
• NEW! Performance analysis
• NEW! Regular futsal programme
Our experienced, FA & UEFA qualified coaches put your development first whilst allowing you to experience the competitive 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. In order to do this 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-professional and professional trials for individuals. It is possible to move between programmes, based upon progress.
Typical Training Hours (Per Week)
Advanced - 6-10 hours.
Elite - 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 connections in the professional and semi-professional game and will seek trials for individual players that consistently demonstrate the required ability, effort and attitude.
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. In year 1 you will work towards Level 2 and in year 2 and 3 you will work towards Level 3 / Level 3 (extended). Opportunities for volunteering and work experience can also enhance your career opportunities, alongside optional extras of FA coaching and refereeing qualifications.
Typical Education Hours (Per Week)
BTEC level 2 and 3 only - 10.5 hours.
BTEC level 2 and 3, plus Maths and or English GCSE (where required) - 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).
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.
Assessment is by coursework, including written work and evidence of practical activities. This evidence can include pictures, witness statements, posters, presentations and other tutor agreed criteria.
Example modules throughout this course include:
• Principals of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport (The Human Body and how it works)
• Sports Coaching
• Technical & Tactical
• Fitness Training & Programming
• The Physiology of Fitness
• Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
• Assessing Risk in Sport
• Current Issues in Sport
• Instructing Physical Activity & Fitness
• Performance Analysis
• Rules, Regulations & Officiating Sport
• The Athlete's Lifestyle
• Sports Psychology
• Sports Nutrition
• Team Sports
• Talent Identification & Development in Sport
• Sports Injuries
• Organising Sports Events
• Age 16 by 31st August, ready to start early September.
• Individual offers may vary, but normally you will need 4 GCSE's, level 1-9, including English and Maths.
Maths and/or English GCSE re-sits or Functional Skills can be taken alongside the course.
• Where above results are not achieved entrance can be gained through introductory assessment.
• UK or EEA resident.
• Cost of tuition is fully funded.
• Bursaries and free meals on application (household income below £25k).