Cambridge Regional College and Cambridge United FC

Shadow Scholarship Football and Education Programme

When is the trial?

The trial is on Fri 11th April at 5.45pm at Comberton Village College, West Street, Comberton, Cambridge, CB23 7DU.

Please fill in the information on the Trial Form and send to
Players are not able to turn up on the night without the information completed.

What happens on the trial night?

Players will be assessed in a variety of game situations by Cambridge United FC coaching staff with other players who have been identified as potential players on the scheme or who have applied for a trial. Following the trial all players will be notified of our decision within 14 days. It is therefore vital that the information you supply for your contact details is fully up to date and correct.

What is the Cambridge United Football Club Shadow Scholarship Scheme?

After being selected by invite or trial, members of the Shadow Squad will undertake a two year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport Studies (Coaching, Development and Fitness) based at Cambridge Regional College. In addition to this all players will train with Cambridge United FC coaching staff and represent CUFC/CRC in the British Colleges Football League competing against similar schemes from clubs in this region such as Colchester United, MK Dons and Charlton Athletic.

What are my commitments if I am successful?

If you were to be offered a place in Cambridge United FC’s Shadow Scholarship Scheme you would have to commit to the following:

  • Full Time Football & Education Course (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)
  • The Cambridge United FC Shadow Scholarship Squad would be your main priority. You would not be able to register for another U18 team but would be able to register for another club to play additional football at weekends.


Entry Requirements

  • Selected by CUFC staff following your invite or trial
  • Four  A – C’s grades in GCSE including Maths & English
  • Required to travel to Cambridge four times per week (this can include using CRC bus services)


What do players on the scheme this year think of it?

“Since starting I’ve made 15 good friends that are not only my team-mates but class-mates as well.”

“The league we play in is highly competitive and helps you to develop as a player.”

“The best part is the people you meet – the team spirit is tremendous and I love every minute of the experience that I am having.”

“I’m playing football nearly every day of the week, being linked to a football club which really values young players and their development, whilst studying a great course which combines practical activity and classroom learning.”


What if my question hasn’t been answered?

If your questions have not been fully answered by the information above then please contact Alternatively there will be staff on hand at the trials to answer questions also.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.