West Ham Learning Academy - Beckton


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

Conference Youth Alliance League / BCS College League

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.

West Ham Foundation

SCL Education Group

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

West Ham United Training Ground, 60a Albatross Close, Beckton, London, E6 5NX

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


  • Play in the Football in the Conference Youth Alliance League/BCS College 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.


“For any player who has potentially fallen out of an Academy, this is a fantastic chance for them to find their way back into the system.”


“Having both the footballing and educational aspects to the programme, we are able to create well-rounded footballers ready for the next phase of their careers.”

WHUF coaching has been developed using the West Ham Academy philosophy of learning to play the ‘West Ham Way’. West Ham United Football Club have a proven track record in nurturing and producing talented players through our outstanding Football Academy set up. We have produced players such as Joe Cole, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe, Rio Ferdinand, Mark Noble, James Tompkins and Jack Collison in recent years. Today there are over 100 players in the Premier and Football League who are products of the West Ham Academy.


The two Learning Academy managers are Bryan Glover and Sam Taylor. Bryan Glover has vast experience of the professional game and is currently completing his UEFA 'A' license coaching badge. Bryan has represented teams such as West Ham United FC, Crystal Palace FC, Leyton Orient FC and Crawley Town FC. Since Bryan retired from the professional game he has gone on to build a full time coaching career at West Ham United and manages the club’s Under 9’s. Still a keen footballer himself, Bryan enjoys playing for a local non-league team in his spare time. Sam Taylor will be responsible for the football element of The Academy.

Sam came through the ranks of West Ham United playing in the famous youth team that produced players such as Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Jermain Defoe and Glen Johnson.

After spells with Darlington and AFC Bournemouth, Sam went onto play for over 12 years in non-League football representing Thurrock, Barking, Billericay, Boreham wood, Bishops Stortford and Harlow finishing his playing career at Concord Rangers.

Sam has coached at The Glen Johnson Soccer School and is now part of the West Ham Academy, he feels he has gained invaluable experience through his playing days and now with his role of coaching to help develop and nurture young players. His passion and positive attitude towards youth learning and development is in line with the football clubs aim of developing and progressing players into the reserve and first team squad. Studying towards his 'A' licence, Sam will use his current role and extensive knowledge of the game towards plotting the playing pathways for each student.

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The Football Academy will be based at West Ham United Training Ground, 60a Albatross Close, Beckton, London, E6 5NX

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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.
  • I am delighted with the programme and see the WHUF Learning Academy as a fantastic opportunity for boys between the age of 16-18 to become part of such a successful youth set up. Hopefully this scheme can produce some talented players for the future. Tony Carr MBE - Academy Ambassador

  • 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.