Strachan Football
Foundation Academy

Full-time education and sports development programme

No tuition fees for 16-18-year olds

Kilsby Lane, Rugby


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

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport 
Individual offers may vary; however, you’ll normally need 4 GCSEs Level 4-9, preferably one being English or maths.

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport 
Individual offers may vary; however, you’ll normally need 5 GCSEs Level 4-9, including English and maths.

Up to 168 UCAS points* available (equivalent to 3 A-Levels)
*Request a prospectus below for full breakdown of UCAS tariff points.

This programme is government funded.
You will not need to pay tuition fees but other costs may be applicable.



If you have been booked onto an interview with SCL by one of the SCL Team you will need to complete an application form before your meeting with an SCL Tutor. 

Please select ‘Apply Now’ below to start your form.


Your Education

You will study a nationally recognised qualification in sport, delivered by SCL. 

Year 1 - Complete an NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity
Year 2 - Complete an NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

Where required, you will also study maths and/or English GCSE or Functional Skills.

Request a prospectus below for 2020/21 course information.

SCL Education & Training are the UK’s leading independent provider of education through sport.

  • We are a government funded education provider
  • We are experts in sport and education delivery with over 20 years’ experience
  • We are creating the next generation of sports professionals
  • We are working in partnership with 70+ football, rugby and cricket clubs nationwide
  • We are nationally recognised for high quality information, advice and guidance

NCFE Diploma

What is an NCFE Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity?

Developed with employers in mind, your NCFE qualification will combine a mix of practical and theoretical learning.

This qualification is designed to be taken by those wishing to progress to a career in the sport and physical activity sector and aims to provide you with the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the sport and physical activity sector.

Your NCFE Diploma will:

  • Use a range of delivery methods across all units
  • Provide you with realistic insights into the world of work and opportunities to improve your performance
  • Provide you with a range of learning resources to support with your studies
  • Provide optional units to complete, depending on your personal interest or career aspirations
  • Offer a variety of progression routes and help towards entry criteria for university application


Your Football

During your education and football development programme, you'll benefit from:

  • Play in the SCL Midland Division West, British College League u19's, Midland Junior Premier League and Midland Floodlit Youth 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 onto the programme.

Strachan Football Foundation offers a first class football education programme to 16-18 year olds. Learners will have the opportunity to develop as footballers but most importantly become better young people who have developed a work ethic and a new found confidence.

The Strachan Football Foundation aim to help young people on there way in developing a career in the sports industry. We have created a football education programme which will provide valuable qualifications and experience.


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

A member of our SCL Student Services Team will then be in touch to provide more information about the programme and book you onto an education interview, if eligible.

Your telephone interview is your chance to find out more information about the programme and ask any questions that you may have.
An SCL Tutor will be using this time to find out more information about you and collect important information in preparation for your enrolment onto the programme.

Following your telephone interview, if eligible, you will receive a conditional offer to start the programme in September 2020.

We will be in touch with you to arrange your next steps, which will give you the chance to find out more about the sport element of the programme.
This will be either a phone call with the Academy Manager or Coach or a training session, dependent on government restrictions being lifted.

We will review your qualifications and work with the club to confirm your acceptance onto the programme.
You will then be enrolled onto the programme, and we will look forward to seeing you in September!

Your Team


George plied his trade for Dundee United, Partick Thistle and Odense of the Danish Premier League as a player, before moving into coaching with Coventry City, Dundee United, Livingston and Arbroath.

George has attained the prestigious UEFA PRO License qualification – the highest honour in coaching.

George has had some great achievements in his coaching career guiding Coventry City Youth team to two consecutive FA Youth Cup Finals against Arsenal and West Ham United. George is also a scout for Arsenal football club.

Course Location

Rugby Town Football Club, Kilsby Lane, Rugby CV21 4PN

Eduction Provider

SCL Education Group

Football Provider

Strachan Football Foundation

  • Strachan Football Foundation has been a real help to my coaching development, their coaches have years of experience and have a great reputation in developing players. The facilities they have are equal if not better than most lower league professional clubs. In my experience Strachan Football Foundation will provide a great platform to develop a career in the game, I look forward to seeing how the current group of players develop and would surprised not to see one or two make a career in the professional game. John Eustace, Kidderminster Manager

  • I became involved with Strachan Football Foundation after leaving the managers role at Swindon Town in 2013, SFF gave me the opportunity to continue coaching when out of the professional game. Their staff are well qualified and have great experience of working with young players, their enthusiasm and commitment to their players is astounding, The SFF staff work hard to help develop the young people they work with and give each and every player the opportunity to achieve their goals in life. The training ground is well equipped providing a great environment for players to develop. Strachan Football Foundation provides a professional academy which would match the standards of many football league academies. Kevin Macdonald, Aston villa u 23 coach

  • Harry has genuinely loved every minute of his time at SFF. It has been fantastic to watch the boys develop as players thanks to first class coaching and a professional philosophy on how the game should be played. We have found the staff to be very approachable and feel they will do whatever is in their power to help out with the boys futures. Student Parent

  • 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.