We are proud to be working in partnership with local community football club, Bradford Park Avenue to deliver a Football Academy programme for talented 16-18 year olds pursuing a career in the world of professional football.
The Football Academy has been set up to help promising young footballers reach their potential in the game, whilst ensuring they attain a range of academic and practical qualifications to use for alternative career pathways.
For the duration of the two-year programme, academy scholars access fully qualified FA coaching with the club, who they also represent in youth league competitions twice weekly. This is done alongside an education programme at Grange, where they are based throughout the working week to fulfil the academic requirements of the academy.
Part of the Club: The programme requires scholars to train with and attend first team matches, where they fulfil a range of duties for the club, as well as following the FA coaching syllabus towards accredited sports coaching qualifications such as the FA Level 1 award. Additional practical experience is also gained in the education, sport and leisure sectors through community-based opportunities such as leading football camps in local primary schools.
Part of the School: Grange offers an education programme including BTEC Sport qualifications, access to the Level 3 BTEC Sport qualification alongside GCSE maths & English. In addition to this, scholars have access to careers advice, daily tutoring and sports leadership opportunities within the school setting, where they regularly work with PE staff. Another resource soon to be available to the scholars is a new 3G football pitch, funded by the Football Foundation and the FA.
The deadline for applications for the September 2017 intake has passed, however we will consider applications until 31st April in the year on a case by case basis, so if you are interested in applying but have missed the deadline, please complete an application form and get in touch.
For more information about the academy, including an application form, read the files at the bottom of the page.