Football College

Do you want to give it everything you have got to play at the highest possible level you can?
Do you want to be a professional sports coach/manager?
Do you want to work in the sports industry?

If so, we can help.

Come and join us a FITC Academy Football College and make your dreams come true.

WHAT ARE WE?

Working in collaboration with Witham Sixth Form, FITC Academy are both proud and excited to offer a unique and exciting opportunity for you to follow your dreams!

Combining the prospect of playing football at the very highest of levels with an opportunity to gain a first-class education in a Sports and Physical Activity related qualification, our Football Academy students will be given the chance to do the thing they love whilst at the same time, ensuring they are equipped for whatever the future throws at them.

Dividing their time equally between the pitch and the classroom, they will be given the chance to not only pursue a playing career but also build up an academic profile which could one day take them onto university; at FITC Academy, we really are able to offer the very best of both worlds.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

All Football Academy students will be given the chance to spend two hours a day with some of the best UEFA qualified football coaches around, refining their skills, improving their fitness and developing their match play experience.

With entry to both regional and national competitions, there is plenty of opportunity to attract the attention of talent scouts; with an impressive track record of over 160 of our alumni being signed to professional clubs, there really is an established pathway to success.

Ever mindful of the need for a plan B, all students will also follow a NCFE Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity, meaning that they will be equipped to enter the workplace or, upon the completion of one additional year, move onto university to further their academic studies.

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS OPEN TO ME?

Football is so much more than just a game, and, with this in mind, we are keen to ensure all our Football Academy students are exposed to every opportunity it offers; you will get the chance to study for approved coaching and refereeing qualifications alongside an industry recognised First Aid course. We know you will want to share your passion for football with others, and to support you in this, we will offer you the chance to complete a safeguarding qualification, enabling you to coach the youth of today into the world cup winning players of tomorrow.

HOW AM I FUNDED?

By virtue of being enrolled as a member of Witham Sixth Form, your place at the Football Academy will be fully funded; you won’t have to pay a penny for the plethora of coaching and academic opportunities available to you. All we ask is that you fund the purchase of your own match and training kits; there is a Sixth Form bursary fund to support those eligible and helps make sure that there is no barrier to your success.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Witham Sixth Form, based at New Rockstone’s Academy, is just a 15 minute walk from Witham main line train station and is well served by the local bus network so, no matter where you are based, getting here should be the easiest part of your day!

The Football Academy will have access to a dedicated mini bus which will transport you directly to all match day venues, meaning you will arrive fresh and ready to play!

ARE THERE ANY OTHER OPPORTUNITIES?

In an ever more competitive world, the need to stand out from the crowd is paramount. In addition to our industry recognised coaching and refereeing programme, FITC Academy also offer a full suite of work experience opportunities, working alongside, supporting and nurturing the budding players of the future. Additionally, with the chance to play competitive matches against professional clubs, you will grow as a player and develop as a person.

Not only will this improve your own appreciation of the game, it will also allow give you the chance to develop your communication, team working and problem- solving skills – all the things that will ensure your success in the workplace.

We are committed to making your time at the Academy memorable and with a whole host of extracurricular trips and visits, ranging from football tours to foot golf, we are convinced that you will remember your time with us as some of the best years of your life.

WHERE WILL IT ALL TAKE ME?

Whilst we know the journey will be rewarding, the final destination is just as important and with numerous opportunities waiting for you at the end of your time with us, the sky could really be the limit…

  • PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER
  • SEMI-PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER
  • FOOTBALL COACH
  • PE TEACHER
  • LEISURE CENTRE MANAGER
  • PHYSIO/SPORTS SCIENTIST
  • SPORTS MASSAGE
  • FITNESS COACH
  • GYM INSTRUCTOR/PERSONAL TRAINER

How do I apply?

All that sits between you and your future is an application form – this can be found both on the FITC and Witham Sixth Form websites. Upon completion, we would love to meet you for a chat and to see your footballing skills for ourselves!

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