Basingstoke Town FC
Academy Programme

Full time education & football development programme

Free for 16-18 year olds

Basingstoke, Hampshire


Combine your passion for football with a full-time education and development programme, and benefit from an outstanding learning and teaching experience which will push you to achieve your best and set you on the path to establishing yourself with the industry.

September 2020
For 2019 course information, please request a prospectus below.

4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or Maths, or both.
You will need to be 16 years old by 31st August, ready to start the programme in early September.

FREE for 16-18 year olds



Your Education

Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL.

  • NCFE 2/3 Diploma in Sport

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments
  • Proven Progression routes

Your Football

During your education and football development programme, you'll benefit from:

  • Play in the Conference Youth Alliance and Tactic Development League
  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy.

At Basingstoke Town FC we have had a number of players in and around our First Team that have graduated from the academy, as well as players who have progressed into the professional game.

Under the watchful eye of the First Team manager players also have a great opportunity to showcase their talent on a daily basis. We look to give players experience at senior level through our close connections with local clubs who we trust to help with the player's development. 

Your Future


Successful completion of your study programme will provide you with the option to apply for university. As part of your weekly tutorials, you will receive support and guidance with your UCAS and student finance applications.


If you decide to combine further study with employment, you will be eligible for an apprenticeship within the sport and leisure industry.


Upon successful completion of your study programme, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects to support you in securing meaningful employment. This will form the basis of your tutorial sessions, in addition to the academic monitoring and target setting.


Studying with SCL provides you with an opportunity to play professional or non-professional football, as well as a pathway to progress to a USA Scholarship. An American Scholarship will allow you to continue your studies whilst training and competing at a high level.

Your Application


  • An opportunity for you and your parents to hear about the programme
  • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
  • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
  • Ask any questions


  • Select your chosen Academy and book your Sports Assessment 
  • Provide the information requested


  • Demonstrate your skills
  • Successful players will be offered an interview


  • One hour Education interview
  • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.

Your Team


Aaron Nicholson who has his UEFA B coaching qualification, has been at the club for four years in various positions. Starting off as a assistant coach within the youth department for the under 16’s. While completing the season with the under 16’s, Aaron also completed his studies for his degree at Southampton Solent University where he achieved a BA Hons Degree in Football Studies.

Aaron then took over the Under 14’s as lead coach, where within two years he guided the team to the Under 15’s national JPL finals.

In May 2016 Aaron came on board with the club in a full time position, where he because assistant head in the Youth and community department. Since then Aaron has taken over not only as Head of Youth Community, but now as Academy Manager here at the Camrose Stadium.

Outside of Basingstoke Aaron has taken a select team of talented individuals from Hampshire, Berkshire & Surrey for the last three years to the Youth World Cup in Gothenburg Sweden, where most recently he led the under 18’s to the quarter final of the competition.

Course Location

Winklebury Football Complex, Winklebury Way, Basingstoke RG23 8BF

Eduction Provider

SCL Education Group

Football Provider

Basingstoke Town FC

Sports Education Prospectus

Kick off your career in sport
Request a copy of our Sports Education Prospectus to find out more about our programmes and how you can kick off your career in sport.
  • Learners develop their confidence and they are highly motivated to gain specialist skills in the sports industries. OFSTED INSPECTOR

  • Current learners benefit from good-quality teaching in English and mathematics. OFSTED INSPECTOR

  • Learners develop and apply their English and mathematical skills well. OFSTED INSPECTOR – 2016

  • Support from employers is good across all aspects of provision. OFSTED INSPECTOR

  • Well-planned and well-monitored assignments ensure that learners manage their coursework very effectively. OFSTED INSPECTOR

  • In sports, learners confidently use league tables, aggregates and numerical imbalance within football coaching sessions. OFSTED INSPECTOR

  • Tutors hold high expectations and ambitions for their learners and as a consequence most learners make good progress from their starting points. OFSTED INSPECTOR

  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.