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

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.

Pick up Academy

SCL Education Group

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

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Ledrington Rd, London SE19 2BB

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


  • 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 academy is launching a 2-year programme where individuals will have the opportunity to play and train in one of London’s best academic sporting facilities whilst working towards a level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. Induction to the academy offers players the opportunity to progress into senior football home and abroad. Individuals who are selected will receive 12 hours of coaching from highly qualified, experienced football professionals.

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George Busumbru

Previous playing clubs:

  • Sutton United FC
  • Leatherhead FC
  • Chipstead FC
  • Millwall FC


  • Arsenal FC (Community Coach)
  • Sutton United U18S Ass Manager(Current)


  • Wycombe Wanderers FC
  • Barnet FC
  • Brentford FC
  • Crystal Palace FC

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The Football Academy will be based at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Ledrington Rd, London SE19 2BB.

Facilities include:

  • Full size 11- aside
  • Grass pitch 7-aside
  • 3G pitch Swimming
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Sports Hall

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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.
  • Pua has shown me how serious football can get and how far you can go, also helped me sign my first professional contract And Pua has made me experienced and help me with getting better and also life skills. Sébastien Osei-obengo, Stenungsund IF

  • PUA has helped me gain more confidence to express myself. They guided me through my trial at Stoke City in Feb 2016. I am now a first team player at Maidenhead FC of the Football National premier league. Max Kilman, Maidenhead United FC

  • I have been given the opportunity to trial not just in England but also Scotland and the U.S. PUA provides great opportunities that gives me that little more to work harder and drive to achieve my childhood dream of playing professional football. Anderson Rene Pinto, Ex Fulham FC Academy

  • PUA has given me a second chance for me to achieve my ambitions to become a professional footballer. Hafed Al Droubi, Sutton United FC

  • 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.