Cambridge United Elite Football Scholarship

Post-16 Elite Football Scholarship Programme

In partnership with Cambridge United Youth and Community Trust, CRC runs a Shadow Scholarship Scheme for learners aged 16-19. The Scheme is a two year National Diploma 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. 

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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.

Open Events & Trials

When: Monday 4th April, 10.30am – 1pm (male trials)

When: Tuesday 5th April, 10am – 1pm (female trials)

Where: Queen’s and Robinson Sports Ground, Barton Road, Cambridge

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
  • Nutrition for Physical Performance
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport
  • Organising Events in Sport and Physical Activities.

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.

How to Apply

To get on to the Cambridge United Elite Football Scholarship programme you will need to be chosen through the Open Trials process, come along to find out more and try out.


Next Open Trials and Information Event

Monday 4th April, 10am – 1pm (male trials)
Tuesday 5th April, 10am-1pm (female trials)

Contact Marc Abbott to register your interest 

Trials take place at Queen’s and Robinson Sports Ground, Barton Road, Cambridge


Once you have been selected from the Open Trials you will go through the application and enrolment process for the Level 3 Sports Studies course at the college.

You will need 4 GCSEs at grades 9-4 or above, including English or maths OR successful completion of a full Level 2 qualification in a related subject. Internal Applicants must have achieved all targets set by tutor in previous year.
If you do not achieve the grades for the level 3 programme there is still opportunity to be part of the scholarship alongside the Level 2 programme. This will be on a reduced training time however you can still play in matches and it will be a stepping stone onto the Level 3 programme.

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