Sports Academy

Join our Sports Academy and you'll be able to study a full-time course of your choice alongside professional football, rugby, netball or basketball coaching. You'll build your confidence, communication, team-working and leadership skills. 

Training Programme
The Sports Academy training programme is very thorough but fun. There is a two-hour coaching session everyday that includes all technical aspects of the game and fitness. You'll be given an individual fitness programme that focuses on building your speed, agility and strength, in addition to advice on diet and nutrition, along with with comprehensive sports injury back-up. While not compulsory, we suggest that you take out your own private medical insurance policy.

Coaching Qualifications
Every student in the Sports Academy has the opportunity to gain various coaching qualifications. This includes the Level 1 Coaching Qualification which is a recognised qualification within the sports and leisure industry.

From our Sports Academy, you could go onto a career in a number of different directions. You'll have the opportunity to continue to Higher Education or employment as well as guidance on further playing opportunities and sports scholarships. Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Nick Pope (currently on loan to Bury) refined his skills at our Sports Academy. 

Join our Sports Academy

If you'd like to learn more about joining the Sports Academy, phone 01284 716 333 or email


The men's football squad is run in partnership with Bury Town FC, with all of our students making up the Bury Town Under 18 squad. Numerous former students have gone on to play for Bury Town's First Team. Bury Town plays in the Isthmian League Premier Division. Students also get the opportunity to play for Team Bury who play in the Thurlow Nunn League, as well as the FA Vase and FA Cup. Team Bury is mostly made up of current Sports Academy students. In addition to working with Bury Town and Team Bury, we also enter a team in the English Colleges FA Premier League. We've won the English Colleges FA national play-offs three times in the last ten years and have also won the English Colleges FA Knock-out Cup three times.


Our Rugby squad competes in the British Colleges Sports East Region League and the British Colleges Sport Knock-out Cup. We also enter the prestigious NatWest Schools Cup. In addition to 15-a-side rugby, the team play in a number of 'Sevens' and 'Tens' tournaments throughout the year. Matches are mostly played on a Wednesday afternoon. The Squad benefits from having specialist backs and forwards coaches.


The women's netball team competes in the British Colleges Sport East Division 1 and are welcoming anyone to try out for entry on to the team. You'll undertake a full training programme alongside your usual academic study so you do not have to be studying a sports-related course to join.


The men's basketball team competes in the British Colleges Sport East Region League and is one of the leading college basketball teams in the region. Join us to learn and refine every aspect of your game in basketball.

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