Billingham Synthonia
FC Academy

Up to 280 UCAS points available

Full time, 2 year course

Free for 16-18 year olds

Longlands Road, Middlesborough


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/BTEC Level 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:

  • 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


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


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


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

  • 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.