DNF 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

Up to 280

Aoc college league and SCL development 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.

Draper Norton FC

SCL Education Group

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

Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus College Drive Nottingham NG118NS

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 Aoc college league and SCL 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.

Draper Norton Football represents a perfect platform from which to promote new male and female talent in football. We believe that talent at all levels should be nurtured and that we should make concerted efforts to ensure players receive the recognition they deserve so that they may aspire to reach their goals.

DNF has been founded on the principle of learning by doing with the belief that to learn how to play football, players must do just that. Players will train, in brand new world-class facilities at Nottingham Trent University. Players will be taught the knowledge, attitude and skill they can apply in their professional careers making for an educational experience like no other.



POSITION: Midfielder

NATIONAL: England under-21s, Sub for Full England Team


CUP WINS: Aston Villa - League Cup 1996



CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Selection for England and cup final win at Wembley

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING COURSES: UEFA A Licence, UEFA B Licence, Youth Module 1, Youth Module 2, Sports Leaders 1+2, First Aid and Child Safeguarding

YOUNG PLAYER DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE: Notts County FC - Worked in the Academy and with youth team and reserves. Stoke City FC - Worked in the Academy. DNF Coaching - Currently runs 11 junior teams and growing

PRO CLUBS: Leicester City, Aston Villa, Southampton, Notts County and Rayo Vallecano (Spain)




POSITION: Midfielder/Defender

NATIONAL: England Youth - 7 Caps




CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Representing England in the 1983 European championships and signing my first professional contract with Aston Villa.

TEAMS MANAGED/ASSISTANT MANAGER: Forest Green Rovers, Gainsborough Trinity, Grantham Town, Tamworth (Assistant), Nuneaton Borough (Assistant) and Stafford Rangers (Assistant)

QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING COURSES: FA B, FA Junior Football Organisers Tutor Training Course, FA Intermediate Treatment and Management of Injuries, FA Diploma – Treatment and Management of Injuries, Sports Massage BSY Diploma, Physical Fitness BSY Diploma, First aid and Child Safeguarding

YOUNG PLAYER DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE: 2007-2016 - Physical Education sports coach in the primary school sector, 1996-ongoing - Football coach for 3-14 years with DNF, 2008-2011 - Mentoring and football coaching 16-19 year olds and 1994-2016 - Belief in Whole Self Development

PRO CLUBS: Aston Villa, Notts County, Hull City, Northampton Town, Hereford, Cheltenham Town, Yeovil Town and Forest Green Rovers

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The Football Academy will be based at Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus College Drive Nottingham NG118NS

  • Main Sports Hall - multi-purpose double sports hall with viewing gallery - suitable for a variety of sports including five-a-side football
  • Gym - 65 station gym with a variety of equipment
  • Artificial Turf Pitch - fully floodlit sand based all weather pitch, suitable for football
  • New 3G Pitch - purpose-made, floodlit pitch
  • Grass Pitches - there is a combination of grass pitches for football
  • Nutrition Centre - intended to help elite athletes deal with complex and precise dietary requirements.
  • Seminar Room - A classroom based facility suitable for up to 30 people, kitted out with the latest presentation equipment.
  • Sports Hall Two - enormous open space suitable for a variety of activities

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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.
  • 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.