Ramsgate FC

Up to 280 UCAS points available

Full time, 2 year course

Free for 16-18 year olds

Ramsgate, Kent


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:

  • Play Football in the 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.

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


Ian Docker is the General Manager at Ramsgate FC and is a UEFA Qualified coach, He is a former U15 England Schoolboy International and a former professional footballer with Gillingham FC, playing in the old 3rd and 4th divisions. He was the Academy manager at Ebbsfleet Utd, formerly Gravesend and Northfleet for 17 years producing players for the 1st Team and watching some progress to the Football League, whilst also being the Gillingham FC U16 School of Excellence coach, taking the fulltime scholars training and matches on numerous occasions, on and when asked, the reserves too. Ian has a wealth of experience in the running of Academies and looks forward to getting out on the field as much as he can with the next up and coming 1st team players of the future. Together, Ian and Elliott are really looking forward to this coming season and beyond, providing a platform and a player centered environment for the students to excel in.


Elliott Austin, is the current Youth Section Chairman and a former Ramsgate FC player, whose enthusiasm and love for the club knows no boundaries. Elliott is responsible for the smooth running of the Academy and will be the main point of contact with the players and parents on the course. Elliott has been involved within local football for over 20 years including managing and coaching at junior and adult football and this has led to a good knowledge of local football and talent within the area and making many good connections. Outside of football he holds a senior management position that gives him many transferable skills such as project management and staff management.

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Course Location

Training Address

Baypoint Sports Club, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9QL

Education Address

Ramsgate Football Club, Southwood Stadium, Price's Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 0AN

Education Provider

SCL Education Group

Football Provider

Ramsgate FC

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.