Strachan Football Foundation


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

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.

Strachan Football Foundation

SCL Education Group

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

Rugby Town football club Kilsby Lane, Rugby CV21 4PN. 

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 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 into The Football Academy.

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.

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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.


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The Football Academy will be based at The SFF training ground  at Rugby Town Football Club, Kilsby Lane.

There are two Learning Zones in the clubhouse is equipped with projector, computers and coaching resources available to all students to assist with completing qualifications and preparing for coaching sessions.

The facilities are one that could match many professional academies with a UEFA 2* 3G astro turf with 2 additional 3G training areas and numerous grass training pitches.

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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.
  • 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.