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GOAL Programme Football Academy at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

This is a specialist football programme that is linked with Rotherham United Football Club. It was set-up for, but is not exclusive to, players who were released from a professional team, so that their progress could still be monitored by a professional club while gaining academic qualifications.

Course content

This involves either 9 hours a week of specialist football training (including games) for the Elite squad or 6 ½ hours a week for the Development squad. In addition, GOAL students will choose an appropriate range of TRC courses for the rest of the week.
Study Visits
Possibility of an overseas football tour.  These run every second year, so all GOAL students get the opportunity to participate.  The trip is usally to the USA, to forge links with American Universities wanting to recruit players for Soccer Scholarships. The trip has secured several scholarships over the years.

Entry requirements

Standard college criteria plus trial.
Initial enquiries on 01709 300600. Watch out for separate publicity in the local media.
This is currently a male-only course as FA regulations prohibit mixed competitive matches and training over the age of 12 and there is currently insufficient demand to form a female team.


This is a non-academic course although there is a possibility of additional, football- based qualifications.

Financial information

Dependent on football tour and kit.

Future opportunities

This programme is for students playing at a high standard of football and wish to continue to do so while studying for FE qualifications. Past students have gone on to professional and semi-professional clubs and also into higher education, both in the UK and the USA.


Jamie Vardy is the scheme's most celebrated product! 

Further information

Contact us on 01709 300600 for further details about this course or e-mail  You can also visit one of our Open Evenings to speak to the Sports Department. 

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: 21 September 2017
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.