Bradford Park Avenue Community Football Club, in partnership with Grange Technology College, has created a Football Academy programme for talented 16 to 18-year-olds pursuing a career in the world of professional football.  

The Football Academy has been set up to help promising young footballers reach their potential in the game, whilst ensuring they attain a range of academic and practical qualifications to use for alternative career pathways.

For the duration of the two-year programme, academy scholars access fully qualified FA coaching with the club, who they also represent in youth league competitions twice weekly.  This is done alongside an education programme at Grange, where they are based throughout the working week to fulfil the academic requirements of the academy.

Part of the Club:  The programme requires scholars to train with and attend first team matches, where they fulfil a range of duties for the club, as well as following the FA coaching syllabus towards accredited sports coaching qualifications such as the FA Level 1 award.  Additional practical experience is also gained in the education, sport and leisure sectors through community-based opportunities such as leading football camps in local primary schools.

Part of the School:  Grange offers an education programme including BTEC Sport qualifications, access to a range of A Level subjects and GCSE maths & English.  In addition to this, scholars have access to careers advice, daily tutoring and sports leadership opportunities within the school setting, where they regularly work with PE staff.  Another resource soon to be available to the scholars is a new 3G football pitch, funded by the Football Foundation and the FA.

Applications are now open for the course commencing in September 2017.

The deadline for applications for the September 2017 intake has been extended to Tuesday February 28, following which successful applicants will be contacted to invite you to the next stage of the process.

This includes a trial and a parent meeting. We will consider applications later in the year on a case-by-case basis, so if you are interested in applying but missed the original deadline of January 31, please complete and application form and get in touch.

If you are interested, please download the below files, fill in the application form and return to one of the email addresses given. Trial dates will be released in due course.

Football Academy Marketing Publication

Football Academy Powerpoint Presentation

Grange Tech College and Bradford Park Avenue Joint Press Release – November 2016

Academy Scholarship Recruitment Application Form