Football Centre of Excellence

Grantham College and Harrowby United Football Club have partnered up to create the Football Centre of Excellence.

The programme will include the following:


  • Study nationally recognised qualifications:
    • OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Sport (Full Level 2) - Applicants will need 4 GCSEs at grade D
    • BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport - Applicants will need 5 GCSEs (Grade C or above including maths or English) or a Merit in a sports related Level 2 Diploma
  • Highly qualified and experienced tutors

  • Maths and English GCSE or functional skills lessons and exams if required

  • Transferable skills that can be used in numerous industries 



  • UEFA Licensed Coaches

  • 4 football based sessions a week

  • Specialist support staff including; physiotherapists, performance analysts, psychologists, nutritionists and strength and conditioning coaches

  • Continuous testing throughout the academic year Reviews of performance

  • Exclusive trips/tours 

  • FA Coaching Qualifications



  • Competitive fixtures programme in college leagues

  • Friendlies against semi-professional and professional clubs

  • FA Youth Cup

  • U21s Lincolnshire Development League

  • Semi-Professional opportunities in the first team in the United Counties League 


Post programme progression routes

  • University – Higher education pathways including HNC/D courses, Honours Degrees, Foundation Degrees, etc.

  • Apprenticeships – Work-based apprenticeships within sport, leisure or fitness

  • Employment – Roles within sport, management, leisure, science; in the UK and abroad

  • Football – Progression into club’s reserve team, first team, onto professional clubs, feeder clubs, American scholarships 


Why Grantham College?

  • Experienced specialist tutors
  • GCSE and Functional Skills tutors
  • Support network available to meet the needs of all students
  • Progression routes onto higher education, employment and apprenticeships
  • Educational facilities including: the e-Learning Centre that has 32 open access PCs with Internet, Microsoft Windows 7 and Oce 2016, printing & photocopying, laptops, seminar rooms and much more. The College library is stocked with over 30000 books with journals, magazines, DVDs, newspapers and online catalogue system for research book reservations
  • Range of sports facilities; large indoor sports hall and gymnasium including cardiovascular machines and weight training equipment
  • Excellent transport links from Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire
  • Excellent links with local companies and businesses in various sectors 
  • Accommodation is available for students if required

Click here to view the Football Centre of Excellence Flyer. 

Part time options also available along side a course other than Sport. Please contact Alex Cross for more information at 


To apply for a course that is relevant to you please visit Choose the course you wish to apply for from the following:

  • (Full Level 2) OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma Sport – Football Centre of Excellence


    (Full Level 3) BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Sport – Football Centre of Excellence
  • (Full Level 3) BTEC 90 Credit Diploma Sport – Football Centre of Excellence


Trials and College open days/evenings for the Centre of Excellence will be confirmed on application. For any enquiries email Alex Cross at