Dartford FC Academy


A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds. 

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Conference Youth Alliance and SCL league

FREE for 16-18 year olds - There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit

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.

Dartford FC

SCL Education Group

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

Princes Park, Grassbanks, Darenth Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 1RT

Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football,  Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.

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    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • 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

    • For you and your parents
    • Hear about the Education and Football programme
    • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
    • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
    • Ask any questions

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


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

  • Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 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


In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.

  • Access study resources any place and at any time
  • Simple submission of assignments online
  • Students can interact with their class, teachers and coaches using Yammer
  • Direct access to timetables, learner plans and emails 
  • Immediate access to tutor support
  • Coaches will share Football performance and grades directly with students online
  • A section of the Pro-VLE solely dedicated to information, advice and guidance on Career Progression
  • Policies, Procedures, bursary forms and safeguarding information available at the click of a button
  • FREE Microsoft Office 365


  • Play in the Football in the Conference Youth Alliance and SCL 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.

The Dartford FC Academy is the pinnacle of the football club's development programme and the final stage of preparation prior to Reserve and First Team football.

With our extensive youth development system, we have developed an outstanding reputation for nurturing talented players through this and into professional and non-league football. 

The Academy will play a fundamental role in Dartford FC’s youth department which will strive to create a development culture with the primary function of developing players to compete in the First Team squad.

Here at Dartford FC, we are passionate about developing young footballers through the delivery of quality coaching, a unique and unrivaled education programme with the use of modern, state-of-the-art-facilities.

Players such as Charlie Sheringham (AFC Bournemouth), Cody McDonald (Coventry City FC) and Dave Martin (Derby County FC) have all developed their football with the First Team at Dartford Football Club before being signed by their respective professional clubs showing the calibre of player that the football club is producing.



The scheme will be overseen by First Team Manager Tony Burman who will work closely with The Academy in developing players to senior level as part of both his and the club’s investment into the overall youth structure

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The Football Academy will be based at Princes Park, Grassbanks, Darenth Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 1RT


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Ebou' Adams signed for Premier League Norwich City on an initial 18 month contract. Ebou is a product of our extremely successful Academy programme, working very closely with Tony Burman, Steve Mosely, Deren Ibrahim and Jason Long. He made his 1st team league debut at Macclesfield in the Conference Premier Division last April and has made 15 starting appearances for the Darts this season.

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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.
  • Over 15 players have progressed from the academy to my First Team squad. I would without hesitation recommend SCL to any club. Tony Burman - First Team Manager and Academy Director, Dartford Football Club

  • We have been working in partnership with SCL for over four seasons. SCL’s staff understands and relates to the type of players we attract and therefore our outcomes for academic success is outstanding. Tony Burman - First Team Manager and Academy Director, Dartford Football Club

  • 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.