An added extra of studying on the Sports courses at Sparsholt College is that you become part of our respected Sparsholt College Football Academy Programme.

We recognise that players develop at different times and as a result have a tiered programme for players of all abilities. Our coaches regularly evaluate performance, giving a target to improve individual performance and move into the next tier.

  • Sparsholt College has signed with the Chelsea Football Club Foundation – the charitable arm of Chelsea FC that empowers communities and individuals to achieve their goals through football. This new exciting association brings a new wealth of opportunities to Sport students studying at Sparsholt College, including:

    • Represent CFCF: Sparsholt in the Chelsea FC Cobham Cup, held annually at the Chelsea FC Training complex in Cobham
    • Take part in training sessions held at the Chelsea FC Training Complex in Cobham
    • Access to CFC Academy fixtures throughout the season
    • Opportunities to visit the Chelsea FC Stamford Bridge Stadium
    • Take their first steps in Coach Education courses delivered by the FA
    • Players qualified to a minimum FA Level 1 coaching in football standard during their time at the college will be able to access the CFCF Employment pathway
    • Players employed by Chelsea FC will have the opportunity to build their coaching experience working, locally, nationally and internationally

  • Sparsholt College’s Development Squad is for talented young footballers aged 16–19, aiming to develop their footballing potential alongside gaining national qualifications in sport at Levels 1–3. The programme is structured to give the best possible chance to succeed as a top flight footballer. Players in the Development Squad have the opportunity to play in the National League Youth Alliance.

  • This programme allows players to train in a high quality, competitive environment and play at the highest level of college football in Hampshire. There are opportunities for players to progress into the Sparsholt Development Squad and to attach to external clubs for weekend football to develop further.

  • Most of our College Second Team will take part in college football as well as gaining all the benefits of a full-time training environment.

All players train at least three times per week and play in a comprehensive match programme. Our teams compete in the following leagues and competitions:

  • National Football Youth League under 19’s
  • College Second Team Sparsholt
  • National League Youth Alliance
  • Hampshire Colleges’ Football League
  • FA Youth Cup
  • Hants Midweek Floodlit Cup
  • English Colleges’ Cup

For international students, full FA/FIFA international clearance will be required prior to playing in FA-registered matches.


MEET OUR STUDENTS

HANS

Sport – Football Academy Pathway

“Playing in the FA Youth Cup is a really good experience. Our coach put me forward for a trial for the England School Boys team and I made it through to the final squad. We have played against Australia, and went on a tour of Holland where we won all our games.”

Read more about Hans’ Student Story here.

AIDAN

Sport – Football Academy Pathway

“I would recommend Sparsholt College, as they’ve really allowed me to become the person I am today, and they’ve also allowed me to get the grades I have needed in order to go on and do what I want for my future.

Read more about Aidan’s Student Story here.

EDUCATION | WHAT ARE MY COURSE OPTIONS?

  • Sport – BTEC Level 2 Sports Award
  • Sport, Fitness and Personal Training – BTEC level 3 National Extended Diploma
  • Sports Coaching and Development – BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

 

PROGRAMME | WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM THE FOOTBALL ACADEMY?

  • 6 hours of training per week
  • UEFA-qualified coaches
  • Competing in national football tournaments
  • Participating in U19 National Youth and Hampshire College Leagues

 

FACILITIES | WHAT FACILITIES ARE ON OFFER?

  • 3 High Grade 11-A-Side Pitches
  • Large Exclusive Gym
  • Futsal Arena

 

NEXT STEPS | WHERE CAN THE ACADEMY LEAD ME?

  • Semi Professional/professional Football Career
  • University plus the advantage of the academies links with St Marys University, Twickenham Coaching and Development BSc (Hons)
  • Chelsea Football Club Foundation Employment Opportunities