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Football Development (Leeds United Foundation) at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

The Leeds United Foundation, in partnership with Boston Spa School, offers both football training and academic qualifications specifically for males & females aged between 16-19 years old.  At The Leeds United Foundation Football Development Centre footballers can combine full-time study with a football training schedule and the chance to represent The Leeds United Foundation within the college league.  Each player is given the opportunity to achieve their ambitions both in the classroom and on the pitch. 

This is a two year programme made up of twelve hours of football and performance related units, and nine hours of practical/training sessions.

Course content

Course Outline:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sports

The Physiology of Fitness

Assessing Rick in Sports

Fitness Training & Programming    

Fitness testing for Sports & Exercise

Sports Nutrition

Psychology for Sports Performance

Technical & Tactical Skills in Sports

The Athlete’s Lifestyle 

Sports Coaching

Practical Team Sports

Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise

Sports Injuries

Analysis of Sports Performance

Talent Identification and Development in Sports 

Sports & Exercise Massage

Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sports

Organising Sports Events

Work Experience

Plus opportunity to gain:

FA Age Appropriate Coaching Certificate

FA Level 1 Coaching Certificate

SLUK Level 2 Community Sports Leaders Award

SLUK Level 3 Higher Sports Leaders Award

Referee Course

Entry requirements

4 GCSE's Grade C and a real interest in football



The course is continuously assessed and there are no exams. It is graded Distinction, Merit and Pass. The assessments can take many different forms including assignments, case studies, project work, presentations, time constrained assessments and observations.



Financial information

Training kit (purchased from school)

Text book (£22) recommended

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

Enhances progress onto sport related HE courses, e.g. Coaching, PE Teaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Development

Career Opportunities:

Provides an introduction to the sports and fitness industry, Playing opportunities, Coaching pathways, Sports Development Officer, Referee, Physiotherapy, Sports massage Therapy, Football Development Officer, Personal Fitness Instructor, Public and Armed Services.

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: 30 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years