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  • Sport Further Education Programme
The Cumbria Institute of Sport has been established to provide a platform for aspiring young sports men and women in Cumbria aged 16-18. Operating from the state of the art Newton Rigg Site in Penrith, the full-time education programme incorporates academic study, sports industry pathways and elite athlete programmes in football, rugby league and rugby union with a focus on aspiring success and future careers both on and off the pitch.

The Cumbria Institute of Sport Further Education Programme provides students with the opportunity to study towards a Level 2 or Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification which is attached to a career focused sport industry pathway programme in either coaching, teaching or sports science. Developing as players to their highest ability through a highly qualified coaching team, students will be driven to achieve academically with the goal to progress onto university, U.S scholarships, apprenticeships or as elite athletes.

Highly Qualified

Tutors & UEFA Qualified Coaches

Learn & Train Everyday

Achieve your goals on and off the pitch

Weekly Fixtures

Competitive league and cups

Progression Routes

Uni, U.S Scholarships or Apprenticeships

Elite Development Partners

Morecambe Town F.C, Hull F.C, Cumbria R.U

Physical Development

Gym Sessions & Pro Fitness Plans

Performance Technology

VEO Camera, Playertek, GPS and more...

No Exams

100% Assessment and Practical Course

Professional Development

Employability and social skills

Industry Opportunities

Work Experiences to enrichen CV

Tours & Experiences

International tours and career focused trips


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 pathways 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 direct employment.


Professional development hours are also built into students timetables which enables them to gain both transferable employability/ life skills and industry relevant experiences that supports them within their future career journeys.

Football Education Programme in Partnership With Morecambe Town F.C

On the pitch The Football Education Programme in partnership with Morecambe Town F.C is designed for both elite players looking to develop as far as they can up the football pyramid and those that wish to continue to play recreationally and use their passion in further education.



Students train everyday with our highly qualified UEFA coaches at the fantastic 3G facilities at Newton Rigg, developing as players physically and technically allowing them to develop their game intelligence.



Player development is then put to the test with weekly league and cup fixtures including representing Morecambe Town F.C in the National Youth League against other professional football clubs programmes.

Rugby League Education Programme in Partnership With Hull F.C

Partnering with Rugby League giants Hull F.C and their Centre of Excellence Programme provides students an amazing opportunity to develop as players with fantastic pathway opportunities into the professional game for elite stand out performers.



Whilst their is the opportunity to develop future first team players at Hull FC, the Centre of Excellence also provides player pathway opportunities for students of all abilities with links to clubs within the lower tiers and community game.


With regular competitive fixtures, Students train everyday with highly qualified coaches developing as players technically, while developing key strength and conditioning programmes to for the physical demands of Rugby League.

Rugby Union Education Programme in Partnership with Cumbria R.U

The Cumbria Institute of Sport partnership with the Cumbria Rugby Union Centre of Excellence provides a fantastic opportunity for local talent to take their game to the next level within an elite development programme.



Learners will receive four days of coaching and guidance along their rugby journey per week developing tactically, technically and physically. Professional strength and conditioning programmes are designed for each individual too focus on key areas to maximise student performance and development.


A midweek competitive games programme provides further player education and development.

Professional Performance Technology

To maximise the development of players physically and technically across the numerous sport academies on offer, the latest in performance technology (VEO Cameras, Playertek GPS Vests and Sports Coaching Session Planner) are used on a daily basis. This professional technology is also available for students aspiring to be sports scientists, analysts and coaches to get hands on a gain valuable experience or support in creating a portfolio of player footage and statistics to support their future career aspirations.


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