It is an excellent idea to embrace the educational courses with a football programme in a full time capacity. The education courses are such an important part of this package and will enable the students to focus in all areas of sport whilst obtaining qualifications. The level and expertise of the NPL Football Academy league structure is also very important and the way forward linking football academies’ with semi-professional football clubs

Paul Scholes

Manchester United & England Legend.


Anything that combines education and sport for young people has to be applauded. Education is more important than ever in the modern world and physical fitness is so important for youngsters’ health and wellbeing. If, at the end of the course, an individual achieves further qualifications and gets the chance to move up to the first team – and that becomes a launch pad to even better things – then all well and good

Joe Royle

Former Manchester City, Everton & Oldham Athletic Manager.


The NPL was a big factor in helping me achieve my ambitions. Studying for a sports degree while playing at semi-professional level meant I could improve my education while developing as a player and this initiative can have the same impact.

Craig Dawson

West Bromwich Albion & former England U21 Player.


Playing semi-professional football in the NPL gave me the opportunity to develop on and off the field, allowing me to play League football while pursuing academic interests that have lead me to a rewarding job in the Premier League. It is a wonderful opportunity, enabling young players to follow their dreams.

Danny Donachie

Head of Medical at Everton Football Club.


I played for 20 years in NPL and enjoyed a great career. This led me into a coaching role towards the end of my career and I became assistant manager gaining my qualifications on the way. I was then asked to coach in the women’s game and with Liverpool academy and I now coach at Everton academy and in the England U19 ladies squad and have forged a good career as a football coach thanks to the opportunities I got in the NPL.

Andy Johnston

Everton and England Women's Goalkeeper Coach.

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