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Welcome to NPL Football Academy (Belper Town FC)


 "We are proud to be leading the way again with the backing of the FA and the expertise of the guys behind the scheme. There are many academies and numerous youth leagues but the NPL Football Academy is the first to combine both.

"The NPL Football Academy will create a pool of player talent for clubs to draw upon and benefit from directly as well offering young people a fantastic path into the sporting industry through the qualifications and the real experience our clubs will be delivering.

"Not every student will go on to a career as a player and together with greater community engagement for the clubs, they'll also be playing a vital role in introducing the next generation of administrators and volunteers into sport and we hope, Non-League football."

About us

The NPL Football Academy in conjunction with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League is the first in English football to launch a youth league and academy combining football with further education.

An initial pilot programme that begins in 2014/15 will see students aged 16-18 at five clubs - Burscough, Leek Town, Mickleover Sports, Radcliffe Borough and Romulus - before expanding to 12 teams in 2015/16, studying for a BTEC Level 3 in Sport on two year courses as well as working with FA/UEFA licensed coaches on a daily basis and competing in the Evo-Stik NPL Youth League and national competitions led by the FA Youth Cup.

The programme will run alongside existing youth set-ups at participating clubs, offering the best of each year’s intake the chance to play senior Non-League football at a level that has a fantastic reputation throughout football.

The initiative which will double in size the following 2015/16 season, will be regionalised and crucially, will also generate a welcome new income stream for clubs with students learning and training on site for 18-20 hours per week.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact NPL Football Academy (Belper Town FC) directly.

Last updated date: 16 July 2015
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  • A: Belper Town FC
    • Address:
    • The Marston's Stadium
    • Bridge Street
    • Belper
    • Derbyshire
    • DE56 1BA
    • Telephone number:
    • Home: 01773825549
    • Website:
    • http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/belpertown/
    • More information:
    • Despite a poor start to the 2012/13 season and lying in bottom place in mid-October, the Nailers embarked on a 25-match unbeaten league sequence that saw them gain an automatic play-off position.

      But heartbreak was to repeat itself at the end of the season when a home defeat against eventual promotion club Stamford in the first play-off match, consigned the Nailers to another season in the First Division.

      The club finally made it into the NPL Premier Division at the end of a hard fought 2013/14 League campaign in which they finished the regular season in fourth place.

      A 2-0 semi-final play-off win at Leek Town set up a home tie against Derbyshire rivals Mickleover Sports and a 1-0 success in that final game earned the Nailers the promotion they had been craving after 17 seasons in the League’s lower tier.