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Stamford Football Academy Diploma Level 2

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Devel­op your foot­ball skills and abil­i­ty through prac­ti­cal learn­ing and reg­u­lar par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­pet­i­tive league match­es with teams at your lev­el. You will study at our Bor­derville Sports Com­plex, home to Stam­ford AFC’s Zeeco Sta­di­um, where you will not only have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain a qual­i­fi­ca­tion whilst train­ing for a career as a semi-pro­fes­sion­al foot­baller, but also recieve your coach­ing from foot­ball indus­try experts and for­mer pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball play­ers. You will par­tic­i­pate in six hours train­ing a week.

Learn­ers will study a Lev­el 2 Diplo­ma in Sport course for 10.75 hours per week, along­side 6 hours train­ing and Wednes­day match days. Please be aware learn­ers will be enrolled onto their course along­side their Foot­ball Acad­e­my com­mit­ments so will be required to com­plete and engage in both aspects


Entry Require­ments

4 GCSEs at grades 3/D or above includ­ing Eng­lish and maths, or a rel­e­vant Lev­el 1 qualification.<?xml:namespace pre­fix = o” ns = urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />

Regret­tably we cur­rent­ly do not have the num­bers to run a female foot­ball team, and as FA rules state mixed foot­ball is not allowed over the age of 16 we can­not accept appli­ca­tions from female candidates.

How­ev­er, if you are female and inter­est­ed in a career in foot­ball, our Sports cours­es are the next best alter­na­tive and will still allow you to play foot­ball and oth­er sports.

What­ev­er your results, we want to assure you that exten­u­at­ing cir­cum­stances will be con­sid­ered should you not have the grades indi­cat­ed above. 

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess pro­gramme’ that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change cours­es if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks ‑sub­ject to avail­abil­i­ty

  • Mov­ing you between course lev­els if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too easy / too hard, sub­ject to avail­abil­i­ty

  • Auto­mat­i­cal­ly enrolling you on the GCSE maths and Eng­lish course if you do not achieve a grade 4 pass
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team are avail­able at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

Poten­tial Future Career

Progress to either:

  • Stam­ford Foot­ball Acad­e­my Diplo­ma Lev­el 3 
  • Sport and Exer­cise Sci­ence (Extend­ed) Diplo­ma Lev­el 3 
  • Sports Coach­ing and Devel­op­ment Diplo­ma Lev­el 3 
  • Com­mu­ni­ty Sport & Health Offi­cer Appren­tice­ship Stan­dard Lev­el 3 
  • or enter employment

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:


  • Anato­my and Physiology
  • Prac­ti­cal Sport


  • Plan­ning and Leading
  • Ath­letes Lifestyle
  • Nutri­tion
  • Effects of Exercise
  • Tech­ni­cal and Tac­ti­cal Aware­ness for Sport
  • Fit­ness Testing
  • Devel­op­ment of Per­son­al Fitness
  • Sports Psy­chol­o­gy
  • Injury in Sport


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My tutors encour­aged me to get real expe­ri­ence writ­ing a sports col­umn for the local paper, I now have a place on a Sports Jour­nal­ism Degree at University.

Sarah Drew



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