The NPL Football Academy (NPLFA), in conjunction with the Northern Premier League, is the first FA-sanctioned academy league in the UK to combine football with both further and higher education.
Established back in 2014, the NPLFA have an excellent track record for running successful education and football projects and due to the overwhelming success of the programme, we are delighted to announce our new initiative. This partnership combines the higher education academic expertise of Loughborough College with an unrivalled footballing development programme that we pride ourselves on here at the NPLFA.
Why are our courses so unique?
We are extremely proud to announce two unique and industry-relevant degree programmes, which are the first of their kind to be coupled with an FA-sanctioned academy league and full-time training and coaching programme.
These courses provide the whole package, allowing all of our undergraduates to study for an industry-recognised BSc or BA degree, with additional embedded courses, and the opportunity to train and play full-time in an FA-sanctioned semi-professional academy league.
Renowned for sporting excellence, Loughborough is home to some of the world’s elite athletes and sports professionals and therefore has a world-class 440-acre campus to match. Not just exceptional for sport, 98% of Loughborough College students are either in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating, and that is owed to the commitment from the college to embed ‘CV builders’ into all of the courses that they deliver. As with the NPLFA blended learning degrees on offer, all students will benefit from an ongoing enrichment programme, whereby they will be immersed within their chosen football club and gain priceless hands-on experience; ranging from coaching to interviewing, filming, photography and many other relevant facets.
Where will these courses be based?
These innovative ‘Blended Learning’ courses were specifically crafted by industry professionals, to provide a cutting-edge academic programme which allowed the elite athletes at Loughborough to study flexibly around their sporting commitments, to ensure they could reach their true potential in their given sport.
We are delighted to provide a bespoke degree package, which combines online learning with dedicated contact days at the university campus; allowing our students the best experience with both our first-class footballing programme and of course the superb facilities and experts on hand at the Loughborough College.
Why study sport?
Estimated to have an industry worth over £23.8 billion in the UK, which provides nearly one million jobs nationwide, there really is no better time to become a qualified sports professional. That does not necessarily mean relying solely on sports performers either; as the ever-growing business of sport demands skilled specialists in fields such as coaching, physiotherapy, marketing, social media and journalism to name but a few.
The additional benefits of our sport programmes come with the ongoing development of all of our students, in particular the cross-transferable skills that our undergraduates learn throughout their time with us. Just as with professionals from the armed forces, we know that the discipline, communication and work-ethic of our sports students is highly attractive to employers.