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The academy is recruiting female players with outstanding ability now to begin study and training with the option of living on site at Plumpton in September 2020.

Both male and female students aged 16-19 have the opportunity to compete in the elite AOC Sussex Leagues, while having access to the excellent teaching provision at Plumpton College.

The two year professional footballing programme allows students to focus on a dedicated training programme, led and delivered by qualified professional coaches, in addition to studying a wide variety of football related units.

Our academy accommodation provision allows our elite athletes to live on site, enjoy a well-balanced diet, have access to gym and training facilities, with services available to transport athletes to their local training facilities. There are also residential scholarships on offer to support players from further afield.

Plumpton College’s ambitious and passionate ethos works in collaboration with Equality FC, providing this unique opportunity for our talented footballers to work in an outstanding and inspiring environment.

Our bespoke programme embeds recognised qualifications, with an affiliation and an ownership of the only football club in the world to recognise the gender pay gap and pay their male and female the same wage.

We deliver an elite programme which does not only embed outstanding course content, with developmental coaching but also offer the support and commitment in ensuring that our athletes have a secure foundation for their future.

The Level 2&3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport is a well-recognised and renowned qualification with modern, career relevant units. The content is a mixture of theory lessons, practical sessions and external examinations. In addition to this, academy students will have 6-8 hours of structured training throughout their week.

All of our students do a relevant and meaningful work experience placement to capitalise and develop on their skillset. We work with local businesses, schools and football partnerships to develop and maintain the community liaison, and fantastic reputation of both Lewes FC and Plumpton College. In addition to this, students are also offered a range of additional qualifications which are made available to them and can help with their career progressions

Course Content


  • Students will be coached by FA Pro Licence coaches, working in conjunction with the professional model at Lewes FC. They will work on developing their existing skills and talents. Coaches will also work in enhancing the versatility of the players
  • Students will have an individual strength and conditioning programme, which will be monitored on a regular basis and modified to ensure injury prevention
  • Students will have access to see a physiotherapist
  • Students will have access to nutritional advice to help enhance performance
  • Students will be “owners” of Lewes Football Club.
  • Students will be able to gain additional qualifications:
    • FA Level 1 Football Coaching with the addition of Safeguarding
    • FA Level 2 Football Coaching
    • First Aid Qualification
  • Students will have the opportunity to trial for the county, as well as local and national clubs.
  • Students will have the opportunity to trial for international scholarships in the USA.


  • Students will study a number of relevant sector related units including:
    • Professional Development in the Football industry
    • Practical Football Performance
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Sports Leadership (Football)
    • Application of Fitness Testing
    • Research Methods
    • Fitness, Training and programming for health, sport and well being
    • Coaching for Performance in football
    • Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Football
    • Development and Provision of sport
    • Current Issues in Football
    • Work Experience in Football
    • Investigating Business in Sport and the active leisure industry
    • Skill Acquisition in Football
    • 2 x 30 hour work experience placements
  • Students have access to live on site in our “academy accommodation”
Entry Requirements:

In order to apply to the following courses, students will need to make the minimum grade criteria which are listed below to be enrolled on the level 2 or 3 sport programme.

Level 2 Diploma in Sport

  • Minimum of 2 GCSE’ s grade 3-9. Students must have undertaken their Maths and English, but support will be provided to help students achieve their maths and English qualifications.
  • Successful completion of a related Level 1 course in another area, having studied GCSE English and Maths.

Lewes Academy Progamme

In order to be a part of the football academy, students must have the above but also currently be playing for a football team.

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

  • Minimum of 4 GCSE’s at Level 4-9, including Maths and English.


  • A minimum of a merit in Level 2 Sport, with 3 GCSE’s at level 4-9, with English and Maths. 

Lewes Academy Progamme

In order to be a part of the football academy, students must have the above but also currently be playing for a football team.

The expectations that we place upon our academy students project modern values, along with the core code of conduct and disciplinary policies at Plumpton College and Lewes FC alike. Our foundations of professionalism and respect ensure that our academy students flourish within their learning and practical environment.

Dates & Location:

Once we have received your application you will then be given the option to book onto a football trial date. 

Successful players will then be invited to interview for the Level 2 or Level 3 course by one of our dedicated staff members. 

Future Opportunities

Students who embark on our programme are fully supported when embarking upon their future progression. The BTEC level 2&3 in Sport allows our students to progress on to a range of different pathways. The vibrant and modern range of courses allows students to have a realistic insight into some of the fantastic areas of sport development. Some of the progression ideas include:

University: to study a multitude of courses including: Sports Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Media in Sport, Sports Journalism, Physiotherapy. Full UCAS and personal statement writing is given to each student.

Apprenticeships: Working with sporting organisations to develop skills, whilst being paid and earning further qualifications.

Full Time work: Students are given work based experiences throughout their course, with the addition to structured CV support and interview practice to ensure that they are work ready, in addition to their added qualifications

International Higher Education: Students who choose to progress to university can do so through the scholarship scheme. This allows students to embark on a 4 year degree, whilst playing football at recognised universities in USA. Scholarships are dependent on ability and trial dates are held each year.

Elite Performance: Students who excel in their footballing ability may have the opportunity to progress fulltime and be paid for their chosen sport. There are a number of professional and semi professional football clubs.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities: Students who achieve their coaching qualifications may be able to set up coaching businesses. Or become personal trainers or fitness instructors.

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