Burnley College coaches get FA seal of approval

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Burnley College’s entire Football Academy squad have achieved a Football Association coaching qualification and high praise from the FA staff who assessed them.

The 34 Advanced Level students took part in a four-day training session on the College’s UEFA standard 3G pitch before receiving the coaching badge, which is the minimum qualification to become a coach.

Achieving the coaching qualification was the latest achievement of the season for the Academy members who also won their fourth league title in a row and reached the quarter-finals of the British Colleges Elite National Cup.

Burnley College Sixth Form Centre Sport Leader, Brad Pates said: “The FA coaching staff commented on the professionalism of the Academy players and said they were one of the best groups they had ever worked with.

“A number of them have now been nominated for a free place on a higher level coaching course later this year.

“It is part of our commitment to developing the careers and experiences of our Academy players that we allow them to access professional qualifications alongside their studies and competitive fixtures.

“We are now looking forward to continuing our success on the pitch next season.”

The Football Academy is coached by former professionals Gerry Harrison and Barry Knowles. Sports Academy students at the College are able to pursue their chosen sport while studying on one of the College’s Ofsted graded outstanding academic programmes.

Academy students make full use of the high specification facilities at the Princess Way campus and also the facilities of professional clubs.

In addition to the Football Academy, Burnley College also runs Basketball, Netball and Golf Academies and has a Badminton Academy planned for next year.