This programme has been designed for young people, both male and female, who have a passion and talent for football and who wish to pursue their football development alongside developing and enhancing their academic status.
The programme is unique in that its primary focus is one of ‘Academics First’ which is strongly supported by a professional academy standard training programme that allows students to develop as a player, whilst preparing themselves for either Higher Education, Football Scholarships Abroad, Further Training or Employment.
Training is planned in to the students’ timetable to allow for them to train two to three times per week and play on a Wednesday afternoon. Students will play in either Category 2 or 3 of the British Colleges League. They will also represent the college in the British Colleges Cup and English Schools Football Association Cup. Where appropriate, students will also be nominated for trials with the County, South West and England Schools Trials.
The programme is based on an annual participation basis meaning that students can be a part of the programme for as long as they are a student here at college studying on a Sport & PE course, provided they pass the annual trial and, whilst on the course, meet all academic, behavioural and playing expectations.
Meet the Sport teachers and students
Level 3 Study
In all cases, a student wishing to study a Level 3 programme must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-4 inclusive of GCSE English.
The preferable and most suited route is to undertake the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport or Level 3 Diploma Sport and one other A-Level/BTEC from a selected suite of courses. This will ensure that students can access all training and playing slots within the timetable.
Students may wish to undertake a wider study programme that includes a range of other A-Levels/BTECS. Students in this situation should be aware that there is potential there will be a clash in their timetable and they could miss one or more training sessions per week. Where possible, we will do our best to avoid this.
Level 2 study
The college offers a suite of Level 2 courses and, for the most part, students can access the TPS programme whilst studying their Level 2 course. Again there is some possibility that additional courses the student will take alongside this will clash with the training timetable. Students will be advised of any clashes at the point of enrolment in August. In all cases, a student wishing to study a Level 2 programme must achieve a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade D/3 inclusive of GCSE English.
Methods of Teaching and Learning
Students will receive regular reviews about their performance at the same time as academic reviews and will also benefit from the expert coaching of our Total Pro Coaching Team. All coaches are a minimum of Level 2 with our Head Coaches being a minimum of UEFA A Licensed Coaches.
Students will benefit from a wide range of coaching and delivery methods to suit their own individual and the whole squad needs. Training will be based around a professional academy setting and thus students should expect to be challenged to work at a high standard both physically, technically and tactically. The academy programme also benefits from having a goalkeeping coach to work with our goalkeepers separately to the outfield players and provide them with the technical and physical guidance to improve their game.
Alongside their academic programme, students will be invited to take part in a diverse range of enrichment opportunities that will help to develop their higher education and employability profile. Examples include becoming a member of the Sport & Leisure Career Academy, undertaking the FA Level 1 coaching badge, volunteering in the community with any number of our partners (including becoming a member of the FA Football Futures Programme) and even becoming a member of our Sports Union ‘Student Management Team’.
Method of Assessment
This programme offers the opportunity for both verbal and written assessment throughout the year and will be carried out in an official capacity alongside academic reviews.
Sports and Academy students at St. Brendans have access to an excellent range of facilities which are used to support your learning and football development. These include: A multi purpose sports hall and outdoor facilities; fitness suite; access to GOALS; the use of South Bristol Sports Centre and Keynsham Town FC; teaching rooms and IT facilities. Students are advised that they will be required to purchase the Total Pro Soccer training and match kit at an approximate cost of £150.
To become a member of the TPS Football Education Programme must complete at least one trial and will be notified about suitability for the programme.
What can I do next?
Students on the TPS Football Education Programme will typically be considering similar progression routes to those of their academic peers.
In addition to university and or employment, students may also wish to pursue their footballing career and thus progression onto Scholarships in America is one of the exit routes that we successfully explore with the students.