Partnership offers aspiring females the chance to study full-time towards a career in sport whilst representing Coventry City Football Club
February 28, 2024

Partnership offers aspiring females the chance to study full-time towards a career in sport whilst representing Coventry City Football Club

Two female football players

A new Female Football Education Programme will provide a unique opportunity for 16-19-year-old school leavers to represent the Sky Blues in Community against other ECFA Woman’s Performance National League Programmes, including showcase fixtures along with opportunities to gain representative honours and experience exclusive educational and football performance visits.

The programme will provide students the opportunities to combine playing and training with Sky Blues in the Community UEFA B and talent identification qualified coaches, alongside studying on a bespoke full-time education programme at Coventry College.

The academic study programme provides learners the opportunity to achieve the Level 2 Diploma or 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity with progression routes to universities, sport scholarships and employment within the sports industry.

Students will participate in up to 10-12hrs per week at our state-of-the-art and high performance facilities, based at The Alan Higgs Centre, this includes; football coaching sessions, strength and conditioning training, videos analysis, nutrition support and guidance, physiotherapy support and weekly fixtures representing Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry College.

The full time study programme also offers students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience across a variety of industries to support personal development.

Ivaylo Dragiev, Female Football Development Manager at Sky Blues in the Community commented:

“The Female Football Education Programme is a great opportunity for young people to continue to study whilst being part of a football academy. We have excellent quality coaching within the academy, which complements the educational delivery within the programme.

Ivaylo added:

“Supporting young people in education is important to us and it is our goal to inspire learning and personal development to raise aspirations, attainment and achievement. Alongside the unique opportunity to represent Coventry City Football Club, with our home ground being at The Alan Higgs Centre, this new partnership adds further value to our programme by providing an excellent player pathway to students”.

Pete Glackin, Sports Development and Academy Manager at Coventry College added:

“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Sky Blues in the Community to offer young aspiring female athletes the chance to take part in professional football coaching and training, whilst progressing their academic studies.

“The programme is a great addition to our Academy of Sport provision and we’re looking forward to the new opportunities that this partnership will bring.”

Those interested can apply on the Coventry College website or for more information please contact us via email.