The two year programme begins in August, 2017, and is open to 16-18 year-olds.

It combines the use of the football training facilities at Long Eaton United’s Grange Park with the teaching provided by Loughborough College – a further education provider that has more than 11,000 enrolled students and aims to be one of the UK’s leading colleges by 2020.

Students in the academy will get the chance to study a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, which is worth up to 420 UCAS points.

The only costs incurred will be for training kit and I.T. equipment.

Following the successful completion of the course, academy graduates could be offered a place at Loughborough College for a university degree programme validated by Loughborough University – one of the country’s best for sports.

UK universities are not the only exit routes available on completion of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. Students will have other options to explore, including: US scholarships; coaching opportunities; working in the leisure industry; and many more.