Course Introduction

RUSHCROFT FOUNDATION SCHOOL FOOTBALL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COLCHESTER UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB.

Who is this course for?

Those who wish to develop their football career and obtain a Level 3 qualification. Potential future employment areas are PE teaching, health and fitness industry, physiotherapy, sports management, coaching, law, business, sound engineer, social work, etc. A significant number of past students have progressed to university. Six students from Rushcroft Foundation School have become professional footballers. Approximately 25% of students over the last couple of years have been offered football and education scholarships (ranging from 80 – 100%) to the USA.

Hull City (previously at West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, and Birmingham City)

formerly with Arsenal, Spurs, Leyton Orient and Welling United. Welling United player of the season 2013-14.

Course Details

  • A full time programme (2 years) of football and education for students aged 16 -19, to start in September 2016 (pre-season preparation starts in July 2016).
  • The players would access on average 8 hours of structured coaching per week delivered by a senior FA UEFA licensed coach at first class training facilities including a brand new full size 3G (December 2015).
  • As well as receiving high quality coaching, players will have the opportunity of playing competitive matches in the Colleges Youth League and via close links with our official league partner, Colchester United Football Club, as well as linked clubs at semi- professional/senior level.
  • Invitational opportunities to train with Colchester United Football Club.
  • Players will receive regular mentoring sessions to discuss football and educational development, alongside career progression opportunities/routes.
  • Entry requirements for the Rushcroft Foundation School Football Development Programme will be based on selection criteria at the trials.
  • Players will have the opportunity to attend an overseas football and education tour. (The next confirmed tour is to the USA in spring 2016 and we are planning another tour to the USA for spring 2017.)
  • We also have close links with universities (including USA) and potential employers. These links will provide playing, coaching and studying opportunities for students to develop further, once they have completed the programme.
  • Post 18 football and degree programme linked to Rushcroft. Matches confirmed – Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, Derby, etc.

Subject Zones Of Study

Zone 1

  • Applied Science BTEC L3 Diploma
  • English Literature A Level
  • Art BTEC L3 Diploma
  • Music Technology BTEC L3 Diploma


Zone 2

  • Physical Education A Level
  • Sport & Exercise Science BTEC L3 Diploma
  • Sociology BTEC L3 Diploma
  • Media BTEC L3 Diploma
  • Business BTEC L3 Diploma
  • History A Level


Zone 3

  • Psychology A Level
  • Drama A Level
  • Dance A Level
  • Health & Social Care BTEC L3 Diploma


Maximum of 1 subject from each zone. Resits in English and Maths are also available.