Billingham Synthonia
FC Academy

Full-time education and sports development programme

No tuition fees for 16-18-year olds

Longlands Road, Middlesborough

OVERVIEW

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.

COURSE START DATE
September 2020

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS 
NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport 
Individual offers may vary; however, you’ll normally need 4 GCSEs Level 1 - 9, including English and maths.

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport 
Individual offers may vary; however, you’ll normally need 4 GCSEs Level 4-9, preferably one being English or maths.

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport 
Individual offers may vary; however, you’ll normally need 5 GCSEs Level 4-9, including English and maths.

UCAS POINTS
Up to 168 UCAS points* available (equivalent to 3 A-Levels)
*Request a prospectus below for full breakdown of UCAS tariff points.

COST
This programme is government funded.
You will not need to pay tuition fees but other costs may be applicable.

 

Trials

Your Education

You will study a nationally recognised qualification in sport, delivered by SCL. Where required, you will also study maths and/or English GCSE or Functional Skills.

Complete an NCFE Level 2/3 Diploma in Sport*

*Qualification studied will be dependent on GCSE grades achieved by learner.

Request a prospectus below for 2020/21 course information.

SCL Education & Training are the UK’s leading independent provider of education through sport.

  • We are a government funded education provider
  • We are experts in sport and education delivery with over 20 years’ experience
  • We are creating the next generation of sports professionals
  • We are working in partnership with 70+ football, rugby and cricket clubs nationwide
  • We are nationally recognised for high quality information, advice and guidance

NCFE Diploma

What is an NCFE Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity?

Developed with employers in mind, your NCFE qualification will combine a mix of practical and theoretical learning.

This qualification is designed to be taken by those wishing to progress to a career in the sport and physical activity sector and aims to provide you with the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the sport and physical activity sector.

Your NCFE Diploma will:

  • Use a range of delivery methods across all units
  • Provide you with realistic insights into the world of work and opportunities to improve your performance
  • Provide you with a range of learning resources to support with your studies
  • Provide optional units to complete, depending on your personal interest or career aspirations
  • Offer a variety of progression routes and help towards entry criteria for university application

 

Your Football

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

  • Coaching and mentoring from an ex-professional player who will give individual attention to each player to develop each player to the best of their ability
  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • A great understanding of the game
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch
  • Be part of a progressive club which believes on giving young players a chance in the first team

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.

There are over 100,000 people employed in the football industry in the UK, and a further 600,000 in the sport and active leisure sector, in roles such as football coaching, physiotherapy, performance analysis, sports development, PE teaching, and many others. Over the course of the programme students will gain the underpinning knowledge and skills for a wide range of these careers.

Your Future

EDUCATION

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.

APPRENTICESHIPS

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

EMPLOYMENT

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.

FOOTBALL

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

COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION
A member of our SCL Student Services Team will then be in touch to provide more information about the programme and book you onto an education interview, if eligible.

EDUCATION INTERVIEW
Your telephone interview is your chance to find out more information about the programme and ask any questions that you may have.
An SCL Tutor will be using this time to find out more information about you and collect important information in preparation for your enrolment onto the programme.

CONDITIONAL OFFER
Following your telephone interview, if eligible, you will receive a conditional offer to start the programme in September 2020.

SPORTS TASTER
We will be in touch with you to arrange your next steps, which will give you the chance to find out more about the sport element of the programme.
This will be either a phone call with the Academy Manager or Coach or a training session, dependent on government restrictions being lifted.

ENROLMENT
We will review your qualifications and work with the club to confirm your acceptance onto the programme.
You will then be enrolled onto the programme, and we will look forward to seeing you in September!

Your Team

JAMIE POLLOCK - ACADEMY MANAGER

Jamie Pollock is an ex-professional footballer who played for England under 21’s, Middlesbrough, Osasuna, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester City (captain), Crystal Palace (captain) and Birmingham City.

After retiring from professional football he spent two years managing Spennymoor Town, gaining two promotions in that time. He left the role to take up a coaching role for Middlesbrough Football Club / local grass roots teams, and also set up a junior football academy in Middlesbrough.

Jamie became the Chairman/Manager of Billingham Synthonia FC and immediately looked to developing young players, including giving them first team opportunities. In his first season they finished a respectable 10th having played some very good football in spells.

Billingham Synthonia FC first team manager is Dave Dickson, who is very supportive of the academy, and manages a young senior team in the Ebac Northern League Division 2.  Dave has shown his commitment to the academy by inviting them to some 1st team training sessions, and talking to some of the new academy players at application sessions.

Jamie has a lot of experience of professional football academies, having watched his two sons play at Middlesbrough, Leeds Utd, Newcastle United and Grimsby Town. During this time he has been able to study and learn from how different academies operate.

He believes there is an opportunity to develop footballers between the ages of 16 -21 and Billingham Synthonia FC have an exciting model in Billingham Synthonia Football Academy that will help players experience adult football at a very young age. He sees his role of Director of Football / Academy Manager as important to the success of the club, and the development of young players.

When asked about why he set up a football academy Jamie said "I strongly believe that young players should be given a chance and this is why I have developed a football academy with Synners."

Course Location

Longlands Road, Middlesborough TS3 8DR

Eduction Provider

SCL Education Group

Football Provider

Billingham Synthonia FC

Facilities

Full size 4G floodlit pitch, grass pitches, classrooms, changing rooms, recreational areas, match day venue

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.
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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.