Access Sport Norwich

  • Football Education Programme
Delivered from the Norfolk FA Football Development Centre, our full-time football education programme provides students aged 16-18 across Norwich and Norfolk with the perfect environment to achieve their chosen sport qualification, developing as players while focusing towards a future career off the pitch within sport.  

Our highly qualified tutors and coaches pride themselves on delivering engaging learning both on and off the pitch allowing each learner to focus on achieving the next steps of their journeys onto University, U.S Scholarships, Apprenticeships and future employment within the exciting sport and leisure industries.

Highly Qualified

Experienced Tutors & UEFA Qualified Coaches

Learn & Train Everyday

Study towards your future goals on and off the pitch

Weekly Fixtures

Competitive league and cup fixtures

Career Pathways

Progress onto Uni, U.S Scholarships or Apprenticeships

Regional & National Squads

Trial to be selected for the Access Sport National 11 squad

Performance Technology

VEO Camera, Playertek GPS & Coaching Session Planner

Pro & Semi-Pro Club Links

Links with local clubs to offer senior football opportunities

No Exams

100% Assessment and Practical Courses

Professional Development Sessions

Develop employability, social and life skills

Industry Opportunities

Voluntary and paid work opportunities to enrichen your CV

Tours & Experiences

Compete against academies from around the world

The Education & Professional Development

With fantastic education facilities onsite at the Football Development Centre Norwich, students can study towards a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Development and Coaching, while focusing on a career pathway in coaching & teaching, sports science . The highly practical qualification (no exams) and course pathways focus on developing the skills, knowledge and industry relevant experiences to prepare students for their chosen progression route and future career aspirations.



With established relationships with Norfolk FA, local clubs and schools, students can also gain valuable industry opportunities across a range of coaching, sports science, analysis, officiating and media roles, that will enrichen their CV’s and develop their skillset.


For those who may not achieve their grade 4 in Maths and English GCSE the first time around, weekly lessons are timetabled to support development and preparation towards exam resits.


Weekly professional development hours are built into their timetable (Go Live) which enables them to develop employability and important transferable skills, to help prepare them for future work. Being based at a live sports hub provides students who show the right dedication and commitment with the opportunities to apply for any job opportunities that may arise with the FDC or Norfolk FA both on and off the pitch. 

The Football & Player Development

Training and playing on the fantastic £1.75 million pound invested facility at the FDC, with highly qualified UEFA coaches and FA educators gives students a great platform to develop as players to their highest ability.



Students train everyday alongside their education developing physically and technically, utilising the latest in performance analysis technology including VEO Cameras, Playertek GPS Vests and Sports Coaching Session Planner software.  This provides students with a high level player development experience and an opportunity for those seeking careers in coaching, sports science and analysis to get hands on with technology used in the professional game.


Students compete in highly competitive league and cup competitions every Wednesday and our coaching team are well associated within game, provide elite students who they feel show the right application and attitude with the opportunity to trial at professional or semi-professional clubs.



Throughout the season students also have the opportunity to take part in national tournaments, international tours featuring academies from across the world and funded career focused education trips.


To find out more and meet the team register your interest and attend our next open evening or experience session

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