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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Studies at Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh's Advanced Football Development Academy

Course description

Do you want to work with former Premier League Footballers Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh? Launched in 2014 the Advanced Football Development Academy offers learners the opportunity to develop their football skills under the guidance of former Leicester City players.

Our 2-year academic programme will allow you to play competitive football in the English Colleges Football League each week, as well as receive daily football training from Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh. We also have a specialist LCFC goal keeper coach available to accommodate our ever-growing cohort of goal keepers.

We currently have over 60 students on roll, with 3 men’s teams operating.

Wrapped around the football development programme is a reputable education programme with an excellent support structure to help you achieve a BTEC level 3 extended diploma sports qualification, which would prepare you for University, Employment, an AFDA Level 3 Apprenticeship or USA Scholarship

2017 saw 36% of our students graduate with a triple distinction star profile (equivalent of 3 A*’s at A-Level), all of who progressed onto University degrees around the country. Remaining students achieved no less than a triple Merit profile. Other students entered into the armed forces, overseas football scholarships, our AFDA sports coaching apprenticeship or employment. At AFDA we boast a 100% pass rate.

Our highly qualified sports lecturers will deliver a minimum of 12 hours BTEC Sports content per week and cover units such as Sports Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology and Sports Nutrition

All AFDA students will receive a David Lloyd Gym membership to use in their own time to further enhance their fitness levels.

All education will take place in our well-equipped, modern, full-size classrooms, which can accommodate up to 30 students in each. Both equipped with individual student laptops, interactive white boards and essential teaching and learning resources.

Students will also have access to our onsite study centre for quiet study/assignment catch up.

What we do not do at our academy is the promise of our students obtaining professional club trials or a pathway into pro clubs. Muzzy and Steve will however work with you intensively over the period of the two years and any who show the ability, attitude and work ethic during this time to progress onto a pro club then they will certainly send you down this pathway using their extensive contacts in professional football cubs.



Course content

The BTEC Sport Level 3 is a 2 year 180 Credit Extended Diploma with up to 168 ucas tariff points available. The course modules include but are not limited to:

Anatomy and Physiology

Physiology of Fitness

Fitness Testing

Assessing Risk in Sport

Exercise, Health and Lifestyle


Current Issues

Sports Management

Employability Skills

Entry requirements

Entry on to the BTEC Level 3 Course requires five 4-9 GCSE grades (GCSE Maths and English retakes are available on our course.) We also like to accept students on to our course who have good attendance, are disciplined and well-mannered and with a passion for football. Those who fall slightly short of 5 A*-C's will be re-interviewed and decisions will be made on individual merit.


You do not have to be an outstanding footballer to join our course, there is a place for everyone in our tiered squad system. Our education package is the most important component. Students can apply and opt purely for education if they do so wish.




The course comprises of several assessment methods to include:


Written Assignments



Practical Elements

1 Examination

Financial information

Bursary's are available for those with parents on a low income.

Fully funded for 16-18 year olds

All students must contribute £150 towards a full top of the range nike training kit and rucksack bag. All kit will have initials printed on it. To view the training kit please visit the suppliers website on, click on club shop and AFDA.


Future opportunities

The academy has a strong association with LCFC Youth Academy, of whom we've played on numerous occasions, with this in mind ongoing scouting opportunities are available for outstanding players at LCFC and other pro clubs.

On completion of the BTEC Level 3, learners have the opportunity to progress on to University to study a sport related qualification as well as the opportunity to move on to the academy's Level 3 coaching apprenticeship.

Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh have strong links with many organisations, clubs and individuals in the sports industry who would recommend any exceptional learners for work. There is also the opportunity to work for Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh's Future Foxes Foundation and at AFDA as an assistant coach.

We have American Scholarship Companies come in and deliver presentations to our learners to give them an insight into the benefits of completing a football scholarship abroad. Two of our 2017 female graduates are now studying a fully paid scholarship at El Dorado University, Kansas.

Further information

End of year reward trips and football tours are available at the end of each academic year for learners with a good attendance record. Please note that trips may incur a cost.


Our 2017 Open Days are:

Friday 20th October 2017 12pm at AFDA, Blaby and Whetstone FC

Friday 16th February 2018 12pm at AFDA, Blaby and Whetstone FC

Friday 6TH April 2018 12pm at AFDA, Blaby and Whetstone FC

Friday 1ST June 2018 12pm at AFDA, Blaby and Whetstone FC

Friday 12TH July 2018 12pm at Blaby and Whetstone FC (Tournament and BBQ)

During the Open Day, students will sit through our academy presentation, have a 1-2-1 interview to secure their conditional offer and take part in a practical coaching element with Steve Walsh and Muzzy Izzet. Please bring with you practical playing kit, including shin pads, football boots and a drink as well as your predicted gcse grades (if known). Parents are more than welcome to attend the open days where hot and cold beverages will be served.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: BTECL3
  • Web url:
  • Number of planned places: 60


  • More information
    • The Advanced Football Development Academy is situated in south Leicester at Blaby and Whetstone FC. The venue can be reached by catching the 84 Arriva Bus from St. Margarets Bus Station