Ahead of the new academic year, Berwick Rangers Football Club and Northumberland College are delighted to announce the formation of the Berwick Rangers Football Academy.

Northumberland College are one of the most successful colleges in the United Kingdom, ranking 6th in long term success rates and the club are delighted to be working in partnership with them. The college boasts a Grade 1 Sports Department, with students achieving an incredible pass rate of 93%.

Representatives of Northumberland College and Berwick Rangers FC finalised plans last week.
Representatives of Northumberland College and Berwick Rangers FC finalised plans for the Academy late last week.

Local youngsters will be invited to apply to join the new Academy and work towards a NVQ Level Two or Three Diploma in Sport.

The first year of the course will consist of 7 modules, including coaching, tactics, fitness, training and a work experience module. Also included in the course will be a short qualification in either volunteering or coaching.

As party of being in the Academy, students will form a team who will compete in the Association of Colleges League, competing against the likes of Sunderland, Newcastle, Tyne Met and Middlesbrough colleges.

Participants will enjoy six hours of coaching each week for three years, training with Berwick Rangers Football Club. The aim of the Academy will be to develop skilled youngsters who could become semi-professional football players.

Students will attend the college, based at Shielfield Park four days each week. The timetable for students is likely to be:

  • Monday – 9am-4pm.
  • Tuesday – 9am-4pm.
  • Wednesday9am-4pm.
  • Thursday9am-4pm.

Many Northumberland College students have progressed to university to study courses such as Sports Coaching, Physical Education and Teaching, Physiotherapy and Sports Development. Some students have also used their skills and travelled to America to undertake scholarships. Many others have moved into jobs in football development and facility management.

Northumberland College will be hosting presentations for interested parties to learn more about the opportunity on the following dates:

  1. Tuesday 9th August 6pm-8pm.
  2. Tuesday 23rd August 6pm-8pm.
  3. Thursday 1st September 6pm-8pm.

Berwick Rangers are delighted to launch their own Football Academy and would like to thank all at Northumberland College who have helped make this become a reality.

The club would advise prospective students to notify us of their interest by emailing simon.dutson@northland.ac.uk or alternatively fill in an application form, available from Northumberland College or to download here. Applicants should send their application to to either Berwick.centre@northland.ac.uk or by post to Berwick Rangers or Northumberland College, Adams Drive, Spittal, TD15 2JF.