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The Albion Foundation Under-19s Elite Football and Education Programme gives 16 - 18 year olds the opportunity to represent West Bromwich Albion and gain nationally-recognised qualifications.

The project is run in partnership with West Bromwich Albion Football Club, Sandwell College and Smethwick Xercise4Less.

Football Overview

Students will represent Albion in the FA National Under-19s Youth Development League against sides such as Chelsea, Burnley, Crystal Palace and Sunderland. 

The competition is exclusively for development teams from Premier League and Football League clubs, meaning the football experience is as close to academy football as possible.

Home games are played at Albion’s Academy, ensuring scholars develop their football skills in a first-class environment.

Training

Students will train up to seven times per week, focusing on their technical, tactical and analytical skills with full-time UEFA A and B qualified coaches.

Each player will receive official Albion training kit, with sessions mirroring the fitness and training schedule of players at professional academies.

Performance and Match Analysis

Using footage recorded by FilmMyMatch, students will have the opportunity to watch back fixtures for detailed analysis with the coaching team.

Strength and Conditioning

With the physical demands placed on players in football, elements of training place emphasis on physical development in an effort to transfer improvements from the gym to pitch.

The strength and conditioning coach develops the players’ physical capacity in the state of the art Xercise4Less facilities. 

Physiotherapist

Players will have a physiotherapist to support them with injuries and rehabilitation training plans to speed up recovery back to full fitness. 

Nutrition

The participants will receive advice on nutritional regimes that will allow for optimal performance to assist preparation and recovery from training and games, including guest masterclasses.

Education Overview

Delivered at The Hawthorns, the academic programme allows students to be inspired while they develop the essential skills, knowledge and qualifications required to progress into a career in sport and leisure, either directly, or through higher education.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport is a refreshing and challenging vocational course delivered by Sandwell College’s fully-qualified and experienced tutors.

Classes are delivered over a period of two years and provide a mixture of theory and practical sessions assessed through external exams, observed practical assessments, written reports, presentations, discussions, case studies and workbooks. 

The course is equivalent to three A Levels, which means upon completion of the course students can choose whether to pursue employment or go into higher education.

Scholars will also be given the opportunity to gain an FA Level 1 in Football Coaching.

Career Opportunities

Potential career pathways include, but are not limited to:

– Sports coaching
– Sports science
– Physiotherapy
– Sports medicine
– Personal training
– Sports journalism

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs including both/either GCSE English or GCSE Maths.

For more information, please email lawrence.roberts@albionfoundation.co.uk.

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