• Introduction

    Introduction

    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.

    Why Loughborough?

    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.

     

  • Bsc (Hons) Sports Coaching

    BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching

    Course length?

    3 years if studied on a full-time basis.

    What is blended learning?

    Blended learning provides the perfect combination of online/distance learning and contact day attendance, which is ideal for those balancing their studies alongside other professional or sporting commitments.

    The blended learning nature of this course will enable you to learn flexibly around your sporting, family or work commitments.

    About this course?

    You will put your theory into practice through applied studies, placements and assessments. Renowned for our provision of high-quality teaching, your learning
    will include online lectures, seminars and activities, as well as coaching practice and independent study.

    Assessments include a range of essays, projects, presentations and reports. Such diversity will allow you to experience various modes of academic and professional practice, developing your abilities and refining your skills in preparation for your next steps.

    We have an excellent support system in place. Academic tutors will work closely with you throughout the duration of your programme, supporting your development and tracking your academic progress to ensure that you achieve your best.

    What are the areas covered by this course?

    The programme allows you to develop your teaching and coaching skills. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the disciplines underpinning effective sports coaching and performance for different ages and abilities.

    Features and benefits?

    You will be able to take a level one and level two National Governing Body coaching qualification in a choice of sports alongside the main qualification, while the blended learning nature of the course will enable you to learn flexibly around your sporting or professional commitments.

    Progression opportunities?

    Following this programme, many of our successful students have applied to PGCE programmes to pursue a career in teaching, with others gaining employment in international coaching, local authority coaching, professional clubs and National Governing Body programmes. Students can also progress on to postgraduate study.

    For further information, please contact us direct on info@nplfa.co.uk

  • Bsc (Hons) Sports Management

    BA (Hons) in Sports Management

    Course length?

    3 years if studied on a full-time basis.

    What is blended learning?

    Blended learning provides the perfect combination of online/distance learning and contact day attendance, which is ideal for those balancing their studies alongside other professional or sporting commitments.

    The blended-learning nature of this course will enable you to learn flexibly around your sporting, family or work commitments.

    About this course?

    You will put your theory into practice through applied studies and assessments. Sports- specific modules include Sports Development, and Physical Activity & Health Promotion. Renowned for our provision of high-quality teaching, your learning will include online lectures, seminars and activities, and independent study.

    Assessments include a range of essays, projects, presentations and reports. Such diversity allows you to experience various modes of academic and professional practice, developing your abilities and refining your skills to prepare for your next steps.

    We have an excellent support system in place.

    Academic tutors will work closely with you throughout the duration of your programme, supporting your development and tracking your academic progress to ensure that you achieve your best.

    What are the areas covered by this course?

    The programme provides opportunities to develop your management skills. You will gain knowledge and understanding of operations, finance, human resources, leadership, quality and finance, which will be applied to sports facilities and events.

    Progression opportunities?

    Following this programme, many of our successful students have gained employment in sport and leisure management. Alternatively, you may progress on to postgraduate studies at master’s level.

    For further information, please contact us direct on info@nplfa.co.uk

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    For further information on our degree programmes on offer, please contact us direct on info@nplfa.co.uk

Introduction

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.

Why Loughborough?

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.