Northampton Town FC
Northampton Town FC provide full time education programme opportunities that combines formal education with industry specific work experience and playing opportunities for students from 16+.
We offer BTEC Sports programmes at both Level 2 (Up to 3 GCSE’s) and Level 3 (Up to 3 A Levels). The former gives access to further study at Level 3, whilst the latter opens up progression routes to University. Alongside this, the students are provided with 8-10 hours of professional football coaching, competitive fixtures, and work experience in related sport areas.
The Manager/Coaching Curriculum
The coaching curriculum is designed to mirror that of the Youth team within the club, whilst at the same time providing different levels, so that each of the players are catered for in their development. With clear progression and targets for both the squad as a whole and the individual players, our curriculum provides the best opportunity for player development.
The FEP Scholars sit directly under the club's Youth Team in the NTFC Player Pathway, which in turn feeds into the club's first team. It caters for our player/students who show the highest levels of ability and have a wish or desire to reach the top. It is an excellent opportunity for any players not signed to a Professional Club to continue to develop under the umbrella of NTFC. This allows the staff to monitor their development between 16 - 18 years of age. If players progress to an exceptional level during their 2 years, they may have the opportunity to step up the pathway.
Every student, even those without previous Academy/Development experience can be selected based on their ability and attitude in training. Competing in the National Football Youth League (NFYL) against other pro clubs running similar Programmes, FEP Scholars look to showcase themselves at a good standard to look to push on either to the next level of the NTFC player pathway, to be seen by other pro clubs who may be looking for players, or to aspire to play at the highest level of semi-professional football they can achieve. Assistance is given to players to help find opportunities to play at the highest level they are capable of.
We also cater for those that love football and sport in general but that maybe are not going to get the playing opportunities in the professional game. The programme has enough squads to offer playing opportunities in the NFYL and Colleges Leagues but also the opportunity to undertake work experience in a range of roles at the counties only Professional Football Club. So if you are a talented footballer looking to push for The Shadow Squad or just love to combine your studies with the enjoyment of representing Northampton Town FC, playing football as well as developing yourself for a future career in one of the many roles in football or sport in general there is a place for you on the Programme.
Our trials normally take place during February half term. We also host several open evenings during the year. All information on dates, times, venues, etc. is shared on the club website and social media
Lewis Irwin – joined the Programme in 2015 after playing local football. After spending a year on the Programme, he was offered a full 2 year scholarship to join the Youth Team. Since then, he has played in several reserve team games as well as playing regularly for the Youth Team. He has had loan spells at Corby Town FC and St. Neots FC and has been taken on trial by West Bromwich Albion, playing in a U23 game to see if they want to offer him professional terms.
Liam Moore – very talented player who spent 2 years on the Programme between 2014 and 2016, Liam worked with our partners Pass4Soccer to apply for a scholarship to go out to the USA. He was successful and currently is at Montevallo University, where he has been a regular starter and goal scorer for their team in both his 1st and 2nd year, something that is quite rare for players to do in their formative years in the US!
James Lock – An outstanding student and good footballer, James achieved the highest possible grade he could, achieving a Distinction grade in all 19 units. He applied to study Sport Development at Liverpool John Moores University and since moving there, has completed work placements back on our Programme, assisting staff as he pursues a career in sport.
Brandon Williams – A very talented player and excellent student, Brandon had lots of opportunities to train with and play for the NTFC Youth Team during his time on the Programme. He was very close to being offered a scholarship and was unfortunate not to get an offer. He continued to play senior football for a local club alongside captaining our Shadow Squad and at the end of his 2nd year, he became one of our first HND students.
Generally, 50% of our intake move on to higher education on completing the Programme. The other 50% generally move onto apprenticeships both in and outside of sport, or go straight into full time employment. We provide as much information, advice and guidance as we possibly can during their time on the course so that all students explore as many options as possible that are open to them if they have not had the chance to become a professional player at 18.
- BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport
- Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Sport
Additional Qualifications available
- Functional Skills English Level 1 and 2, if required
- GCSE English, if required
- GCSE Maths, if required
Candidates generally need 5 GCSE’s at grade 4/C or above in order to access the Level 3 Extended Diploma course. Those who cannot provide these may be able to access Level 3 Diploma for 2 years or the Level 2 for a year, to then gain entrance to the Level 3 programme.
Monday and Tuesday are generally split between education until lunchtime and then training with our UEFA Qualified coaches in the afternoon. A Wednesday is either a match day or another education and training day. Thursday’s are usually our tutorial day, so can be an opportunity for extra support with work, completing ILP’s and work experience logs and if you require additional Maths and/or English, it is an opportunity to do this. It is also a chance for additional recovery and conditioning depending on if you have played on the Wednesday. A Friday then works like a Wednesday, where you will often be playing if you haven’t played Wednesday or in education and training if you played Wednesday.
The timetable is flexible and can be adapted if opportunities arise to take part in Youth Team training or if other opportunities come up. We look to ensure that if players have an opportunity that can help progress them as a footballer, that we open this up and adapt our timetable but also ensuring that you have time to catch up so that no one falls behind with their academic work.
At Northampton Town, we are proud to be amongst the first clubs to offer the Higher National Diploma in Sport in partnership with VLUK and University Centre Colchester.
This partnerships gives young people the opportunity to continue their education towards an Honours Degree, whilst continuing to develop as players and coaches.
Once the Level 5 HND is completed, progression opportunities are available on to Level 6 (Hons) degrees in related subject areas.
Alongside the education provided by VLUK and University Centre Colchester, students have the opportunity to participate in real life work experience, that is relevant to future careers. For some, this is continuing training and competing as players. For others, it is in sports development and coaching, gaining work experience delivering and managing various programmes for FSE, and partner organisations, as well as various school camps and clubs.
The coaching curriculum is designed to mirror that of a professional club’s Under 21 squad, whilst at the same time, providing for different ability levels. There is clear progression and targets for the squad as a whole, as well as individual players, providing the best possible opportunities for player development.
The club also provides extensive work experience in both coaching and sports development roles, with the possibility of applying some of your newly acquired management expertise in the workplace. There are opportunities to progress into employed roles at the club during and after completing the Programme.
The education, provided by University Centre Colchester, and VLUK, consists of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport: Coaching and Sports Development. This includes various units, designed to develop a broad understanding of the subject area, and provide the best possible opportunities for success in future careers.
- Principles of Sports Coaching
- Applied Sports Coaching
- Managing Sports Development
- Managing resources in Sport and Leisure Management
- The Sport and Leisure Industry
- Event Management in Sport and Leisure
96 UCAS points plus GCSE maths and English (grades A*-C), or equivalent, or Access to Higher Education Certificate. Applicants will normally be interviewed to assess academic suitability.
The weekly timetable sees 2 days of seminars and lectures, and at least one full day of work experience. The rest of the week is made up of training, and matchday fixtures, as well as time for private study.
Courses we offer
Higher Education Programmes - Sport
School Leavers 16+ Study Programmes - Sport
School Leavers 16+ Study Programmes - Sport