Access Sport | AFC Telford United

  • Football Education Programme
Based within a professional football environment at the home of AFC Telford United, the full-time football education programme facilitates learner progression and football development through a combination of teaching and coaching expertise and state of the art technology. All with the primary goal of preparing students for the next steps in the working world of the football and sports industry.

Our full time AFC Telford Utd education football programme for males and females aged 16-18 is delivered by expert tutors in their field and is wrapped around an elite football experience from highly qualified UEFA coaches. This offers opportunities for players of all abilities to showcase their skills, and develop to their highest abilities progressing across the different stages of the football pyramid.



All while focusing on a sport industry pathways programme which is attached to the core level 3 Extended Diploma qualification that provides an insight into the many available careers and opportunities within sport, along with progression onto University, U.S Scholarships, Apprenticeships and future employment.

Highly Qualified

Experienced Tutors & UEFA Qualified Coaches

Pro Club Environment

Learn and train at AFC Telford Utd

Player Development

Train everyday with weekly competitive fixtures

Career Pathways

Progress onto Higher Education, U.S Scholarships or Apprenticeships

Represent AFC Telford Utd

Compete in the FA Youth Cup and JPL with the U18's

Performance Technology

VEO Camera, Playertek GPS & Coaching Session Planner

No Exams

100% Assessment and Practical Courses

Professional Development Sessions

Develop employability, social and life skills

Industry Opportunities

Voluntary and work experience opportunities to enrichen your CV

Tours & Experiences

Compete against academies from around the world

The Education & Professional Development

Based onsite at AFC Telford Utd within the dedicated education centre, students study towards a two year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Development and Coaching qualification that is attached to one of our industry career focused pathway in either  coaching & teaching or sports science . Both the qualification and course pathways are 100% practical and cover a wide variety of topics across a wide range of sporting careers.



The course allows students to focus on developing industry relevant skills, knowledge and experiences to support their progression onto university, U.S Scholarships, Apprenticeships or our Level 4 HNC qualification.


We also offer a one year Level 2 Diploma in Physical Preparation & Employability  which upon passing provides students the opportunity to progress onto our Level 3 Extended Diploma or future careers within areas such as the public sector.


For those who may not achieve their grade 4 in Maths and English GCSE the first time around, weekly sessions are timetabled to support development and preparation towards resitting exams alongside their diploma studies.


Being based within a live football business provides students with great opportunities to gain invaluable work experiences across a range of disciplines including community coaching, physio, media, event management and more.


AFC Telford Utd Football Education Practical Learning and Work Experiences


Weekly professional development hours are included within the timetable (Go Live) enabling students to develop employability and important skills, contacts and experiences that can be transferable to any future career.

The Football & Player Development



On the pitch, our UEFA coaches provide elite player development and strength and conditioning sessions ensuring players maximise their ability utilising the latest in performance analysis technology including VEO Cameras, Playertek GPS Vests and Sports Coaching Session Planner. This provides students with an elite academy experience and the opportunity for those seeking a careers in coaching, sports science and analysis to get hands on experience with technology used in the professional game.



And for those that impress, there are direct links into the successful Telford U18 Academy Team who compete in the FA Youth Cup, Midlands Junior Premier League and Shropshire FA Premier Youth Cup.  The academy have won a series of leagues and produced players who have signed first team contracts as well as played football in countries around the world.



Throughout the season students will also have the opportunity to take part in national tournaments and annual international tours that feature elite academies from across the world.


To find out more and meet the team register your interest and attend our next open event

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