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Central Bedfordshire College, in partnership with Luton Town FC, have been based at The Arena in Baldock for over five years. During this time they have developed a highly successful football development and educational achievement programme aimed at school leavers.


This two year programme combines a full-time educational qualification with a full-time football development programme, enabling students to gain recognised qualifications while they continue to pursue a career in football. On completion of their first year, students elect to study one of the following specialisms:


1 - University - Students complete a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. Previous students have progressed on to some of the top 10 University Sports Courses in the country.


2 - Personal Trainer - Students complete the BTEC Diploma in Sport, plus a Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer CYQ qualification.


3 - Coaching - Students complete the BTEC Diploma in Sport plus a Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership. Students are able to gain vast coaching experience with UEFA A licensed coaches, coaching in schools and the wider community.

If you're at least 16 and love football, this could be the perfect choice - whether you want to

be a player, work in football generally, in sport more widely, or just have great fun. 

Key features: 

o    Academic Success: rates as high as 90% 
o    Higher than average progression to employment and university 
o    Football success - we've won a range of different leagues 5 times; runners up twice 
o    5 learners achieving professional trials, with many others trialling for England 
o    State-of-the-art facilities, training environment and learning venues. 

To join one of these exciting courses, you will take part in a trial as part of the selection process. 

Wayne Turner, Luton Town's head of youth, said: "Our education schemes allow us to keep

a much larger pool of local talent where we can monitor progress and offer genuine future

pathways into the professional game." 

David Burns, head of sport at Central Bedfordshire College said: "This is another great

development for the sports department at Central Bedfordshire College which keeps

moving us even more to the forefront of sport and education in the region." 

How to apply: 

We offer the programme at two levels, depending on your current qualifications. 

If you have any doubts about which level is right for you, just apply at either level and we can assess things when we see you. 

Level 2 (equivalent to GCSEs). Read more and apply here. 

Level 3 (equivalent to A-levels) Read more and apply here. 

The next trials will be advertised here. Students must attend a trial in order to gain a place on a course. To register your interest in attending a trial please email David Burns at providing your full contact details, including full postal address, telephone number and date of birth. 


NEXT TRIAL DATE: Saturday 14th February 2015 at The Arena, Baldock. Click HERE for more details.

The academy currently has three teams, Hitchin Town U19s & Luton Town (Baldock) U19s, operating in seperate divisions of the 2014/15 Football Conference Youth Alliance League, and Central Beds College Mens 1 operating in CAT 2B of the ECFA East League. Their home games are played at The Arena, and their fixtures and results can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

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