Trial Dates

Saturday 21st September 2019 11am - 12pm



Students have to remain in education now until 18 years of age. A Levels are not always the route everyone wants to take. Our scholar programme is an alternative educational provision with a full time football training programme. It is aimed at the passionate footballer who might have missed out on a scholarship at a professional club. Just like A Levels however, our Scholar Programme can provide a route into higher education.




  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 3 A Levels)

  • Maths & English GCSE for those who miss out on Grade 4

  • Functional skills level 2 in English and / or Maths

  • FA Level 1 & FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs Grade 4 or above including English and Maths Grade 4 or above. (There will be tuition in these subjects if necessary for those who missed out on these grades.)


2 years

Areas of Study

All units undertaken:

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport

  • The physiology of fitness

  • Assessing risk in sport

  • Fitness Training and Programming

  • Fitness testing for Sport and Exercise

  • Sports Nutrition

  • Psychology for Sports Performance

  • Technical and Tactical skills in sport

  • The Athlete’s Lifestyle

Optional units:

  • Sports Coaching

  • Practical Team Sports

  • Current Issues in Sport

  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle

  • Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise

  • Sports Injuries

  • Analysis of Sports Performance

  • Talent Identification and Development in Sport

  • Sport and Exercise Massage

  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport

  • Organising Sports Events

  • Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People

  • Sport as a Business

  • Work Experience in Sport

  • Sports Facilities and Operational Management

  • Profiling Sports Performance

  • Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences

  • Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences

The Sport Brain

This is an online learning platform where all work will be accessed by students and teachers. This allows students to work anywhere, not just in The Soccer Factory. Students will complete units of study and submit work online. Teachers will mark online, which will enable instant feedback. Performance data will be stored on here.


Train and play under the Manchester Player Development philosophy with Head Coach Mike Hargreaves. Each player will receive an individual player plan for the full two years of study.


  • 6-8 Hours professional training a week on indoor 3G pitch

  • Afternoon 90 minute training sessions

  • UEFA A / Advanced Youth Award coaches

  • Input from S&C / Speed specialist coaches

  • High quality Umbro kit for training and classroom studying

  • Sessions from experienced guest coaches

  • Talks from players & psychology coaches


  • Wednesday matchdays in the ECFA leagues.

  • Additional matches against professional and semi professional clubs.

  • Umbro playing kit

  • Professional attitude to development and learning how to win in a certain way.



Manchester Player Development has numerous contacts with professional and semi professional clubs and scouts across the North West. There will be many opportunities throughout the two years of study to play against and showcase talent to clubs. Players will also have the opportunity to take part in scholarship trials for colleges in the USA and to play in Australia, Spain and the USA.


During the scholarship the players will have the opportunity to complete the FA Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football. There will also be opportunities of experience working with professional coaches in academy environments and work placements. Upon completion of the course players who are interested will be supported in beginning their coaching journey within the grassroots game, academy level and coaching abroad.

There will also be courses and support for students who are interested in Strength and Conditioning to go down this route as a coach.


Completion of the course is the equivalent to 3 A Levels. Students will be supported in applying for university places in the UK and USA.


We will prepare every student for employment with improving their communication and confidence on and off the pitch.


With our partners students will be supported to gain apprenticeships if this is their chosen path.



OL11 3DT

Purpose built classroom

9v9 indoor 3G pitch

Lunch & break out area

Changing rooms

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