The Bill Shankly

NexGen Academy

Up to 280 UCAS points available

Full time, 2 year course

Free for 16 - 18 year olds

Walton Hall Sports Centre, Liverpool


Combine your passion for football with a full-time education and development programme, and benefit from an outstanding learning and teaching experience which will push you to achieve your best and set you on the path to establishing yourself with the industry.

Course Start Date - September 2019

For 2019 course information, please request a prospectus below.

Entry Requirements

4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or Maths, or both. You will need to be 16 years old by 31st August, ready to start the programme in early September.


FREE for 16-18 year olds

Your Education

Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL.

  • NCFE/BTEC Level 2/3 Diploma in Sport

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high-quality advice and guidance
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments
  • Proven Progression routes

Your Football

During your education and football development programme, you'll benefit from:

  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy.

There are over 100,000 people employed in the football industry in the UK, and a further 600,000 in the sport and active leisure sector, in roles such as football coaching, physiotherapy, performance analysis, sports development, PE teaching, and many others. Over the course of the programme, students will gain the underpinning knowledge and skills for a wide range of these careers.

Your Future


Successful completion of your study programme will provide you with the option to apply for
university. As part of your weekly tutorials, you will receive support and guidance with your
UCAS and student finance applications.


If you decide to combine further study with employment, you will be eligible for an apprenticeship within the sport and leisure industry.


Upon successful completion of your study programme, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects to support you in securing meaningful employment. This will form the basis of your tutorial sessions, in addition to the academic monitoring and target


Studying with SCL provides you with an opportunity to play professional or non-professional
football, as well as a pathway to progress to a USA Scholarship. An American Scholarship will
allow you to continue your studies whilst training and competing at a high level.

Your Application

  • An opportunity for you and your parents to hear about the programme
  • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
  • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
  • Ask any questions
Book Your Sports Assessment
  • Select your chosen Academy and book your Sports Assessment 
  • Provide the information requested
Attend Sports Assessment
  • Demonstrate your skills
  • Successful players will be offered an interview
  • One hour Education interview
  • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.

Apply today for your NexGen Academy Trial

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