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Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Leisure, Travel and Tourism

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is an exciting new course from FSD Academy which is specifically designed for Elite Level Footballers. Your situation will typically be as below:

  • You have recently been released from professional club academy
  • You have experience playing in a professional club academy
  • You have not played in a professional club academy but can demonstrate the required ability, effort, attitude to play at an elite level

Course founders, Matthew Piper (former Premier League player with LCFC and Sunderland) and Owen Johnson (former LCFC Academy player and founder of don' development centres) have extensive knowledge and connections in the professional and semi-professional game and will use their experience to help you to realise your potential whilst showing the resilience to overcome challenges along the way. This course does not guarantee that you will become a professional or semi-professional footballer, but our team will help you to discover all the ingredients to give yourself the best chance.

Alongside an Elite level training programme, which includes; football, futsal, fitness, strength and conditioning, speed and reaction training and sports nutrition advice you will have a choice of sports education programmes (1, 2 or 3 years - Level 2 or 3) in order to strengthen the goal of being and an all round better footballer, with a good education.

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 offers:

  •     Sport, education & life skills
  •     Elite level football training
  •     Fitness, strength & conditioning (on site gym)
  •     Speed and reaction training
  •     Sports nutritional advice
  •     Technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social development
  •     Trials at Professional or Semi-Professional clubs for players that demonstrate and sustain the required ability, effort and attitude
  •     NEW! Performance analysis
  •     NEW! Regular futsal programme



Our experienced, FA & UEFA qualfied coaches put your development first and will help you work towards individual goals whilst completing our intensive training programme and competing in high standard competitive games (fixtures usually Wednesday daytime). You will also be encouraged to play for a Saturday league team at a challenging level. We will help to identify the right team for you where needed. In order to enrol on this course you will have secured your place through our trial system which will usually include 1 or more games / sessions.

Typical Training Hours (Per Week)

Elite - 8-10 hours.


Founders Matthew Piper (former Premier League player with LCFC & Sunderland) and Owen Johnson (former LCFC academy player and founder of 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. The exact course you take will depend upon your GCSE results, but all qualifications are well recognised BTEC Level 2 or 3, or Active IQ Level 2 or 3. 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.


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.

How will it be delivered?

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. There are no examinations.

Example modules could be:

  • Principals of Anatomy & Physiology in Sport (The human body and how it works)
  • Sports Coaching
  • Technical & Tactical
  • Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
  • 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

Entry requirements

  • Age 16, 17 or 18 by 31st August, ready to start early September
  • Successfully complete one or more football trial sessions with FSD Academy
  • Depending on your GCSE results you will be offered a BTEC/NCFE Level 2 or 3, or Active IQ Level 2 or 3 course
  • Normally for Level 2 you will need 4 GCSE's level 1-9, including Maths and English
  • Normally for Level 3 you will need 4 GCSE's level 4-9, preferably one being English or Maths
  • Normally for Level 3 (Extended) you will need 5 GCSE's level 4-9, including English and Maths
  • Maths and/or English re-sits (GCSE or Functional Skills) can be taken alongside the course
  • UK or EEA resident 3 years
  • Cost of tuition is fully funded
  • Bursaries and free meals on application (household income below £25k)

Your next steps...

This course leads to:

  • Semi-Pro or Professional Football
  • University or Apprenticeships
  • Football / Sports Coaching
  • Careers in Sport & Leisure
  • National League / Series Futsal



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