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
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
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.
West Bromwich Albion & former England U21 Player.