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Cambridge United Football Scholarship

Post-16 Football Scholarship Programme

In partnership with Cambridge United Football Club, CRC runs a Elite Scholarship Programme for learners aged 16-19. The Scheme is a two year Extended Diploma in Sport Studies combined with a Football Development Scheme that sees players train 2-3 times a week and compete in the National Youth Football League against some of the best academies in the country and cup competitions. 

Scholarship students have access to fantastic facilities for both training and home fixtures and they will receive coaching by fully qualified coaches from Cambridge United.

A number of scouts come to watch our players to see if they have the necessary attributes for a University Scholarship in America.  Our unique partnership also allows the students to gain coaching experience within the Youth & Community Trust, as well as work experience with our Sports Science Department.  Our players are given the opportunity to gain qualifications for degree courses to enable them to pursue employment in PE Teaching, Physio, Sports Science, Coaching and Fitness Instructing. 

Our Football academy course is run at Cambridge Campus, students will train at Queen’s and Robinson Sports Ground, Barton Road, Cambridge. Transport is provided from the college campus to the training grounds.


A two-year programme which is designed to prepare you for a career in the sports industry. The breadth of content in this qualification allows learners to widen their opportunities to progress to a number of different higher education courses or scholarships in the US. The course is equivalent in size to three A levels and includes 12 different units, seven of which are mandatory.


Players are selected upon a trial basis. Training is 3 times per week and teams play in a competitive league. All training and games are structured around the student’s education timetable.

What you will study

  • Careers in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry
  • Health, Wellbeing and Sport
  • Developing Coaching Skills
  • Sport Development
  • Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Anatomy and Physiology in Sport
  • Research Project in Sport (Pearson-set)
  • Applied Coaching Skills
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Sports Psychology
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • Fitness Testing

During the course you may have the opportunity to study some of the following additional qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise)
  • Level 1 Football Coaching
  • First Aid at Work
  • Referee level 1
  • GCSE retakes.

There may be a certification fee for these qualifications.

During your time on the course you will have the chance to attend extra residential activities (there is an extra cost for these activities). These may include:

  • Football tour to selected destination – previous trips have included Paris, Dubai and Barcelona
  • France water sports tour
  • Ski/snowboarding trip
  • Volunteering trip to Morocco.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Each project, activity or assignment that you complete will be assessed. These assessments indicate your level of performance and contribute to your final grade. Each unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Assessment will be through practical and theoretical assignments.

You will be required to take part in weekly physical activity. You will also be assessed on your physical fitness four times a year. You must be willing to take part in all practical activities and assessments.

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