St Ives Education Programme


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

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

ECFA U19 League, Thurlow Nunn Midweek League & FA Youth Cup

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.

St Ives FC

SCL Education Group

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

Ivo Outdoor Centre California Rd St Ives PE27 6SJ

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 90 Credit Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Extended 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 ECFA U19 League, Thurlow Nunn Midweek League & FA Youth Cup
  • 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.

St. Ives Town FC’s role is to help each player come into confident possession of his football ability, improve the skills needed for success in his education, and establish values that will allow him to act with thoughtfulness and humanity through to their adult life.


Each player will develop at different speeds and we have the tools to plan for individuality. Fitness and nutrition plans will be given to players based on their needs, the learning environment will be adapted to meet the demands of each individual player to ensure he reaches his full potential.


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Lloyd is a UEFA Qualified Coach and within his role as Football Education Manager he will oversee the programme as a whole. Lloyd will deliver coaching sessions whilst ensuring the programme meets the high standards required to develop the players as footballers and as people. Running along side this will be education sector which will be run and over seen by Ben Seymour-Shove, both of whom have played together for St Ives Town first team.

Lloyd, originally from Essex, was a product of Colchester United's Academy for 7 years, as a player, before then beginning a career within coaching and youth development. Lloyd has had coaching spells with clubs such as Leyton Orient FC, Chelsea FC, Brisbane Roar FC, Histon FC (Academy Manager) and most recently his role as Assistant Manager for Soham Town Rangers FC. Lloyd has worked with players of all ages and aided players' in gaining full time employment in the sporting sector whilst supporting players university applications both in this country and abroad



Ben is a former professional footballer for Peterborough United who went onto complete a Sports Coaching Degree at university following his departure from Peterborough as a Professional. He now plays Semi Professional for St Ives Town First Team and scored the winning goal in the 2015/16 Play Off Final in front of 1500 supporters to secure promotion for his home town club.

Ben’s role combines both the delivery of the theory BTEC lessons whilst also assistant Lloyd Groves as Youth Team Coach.



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The Football Academy will be based at Ivo Outdoor Centre California Rd St Ives PE27 6SJ


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20 Students have completed the education programme in 2017 and have now go on to…

2 students are going onto attend university in America
5 students are attending further college courses
4 students are starting apprenticeships
3 students have secured employment in the sport and leisure industries
6 students are going into full-time employment


Selected for First team Match Day Squad

Offered a Scholarship at Middle Georgia State University


Made league and FA Cup appearances for the First Team

Youngest ever player to make a senior appearance for St Ives Town FC aged 16.

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We have a number of links in the local community to give our students the best opportunity to plan for the future. This will include a number of visits, both internally and externally to provide our students with the knowledge required to plan for a successful including:

• Analysing personal skills
• Finding out what interests and motivates you
• Matching skills, interests and motivation to careers
• Exploring different career paths
• Active career planning
• Making career choices

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.
  • Each player will develop at different speeds, we have the tools to plan for individuality. Fitness and nutrition plans will be given to players based on their needs, the learning environment will be adapted to meet the demands of each individual player to ensure he reaches his full potential. St. Ives Town F.C ‘Shaping Futures’

  • Combining football and education to put the development of the individual at the forefront installing core values in preparation for further employment or education St. Ives Town F.C

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • 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 were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.