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Study and play football

with Albion in the Community

Diploma / Extended Diploma in Sport

EDUCATION Albion in the Community (AITC) is the official charity of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and runs a successful football and education programme. Recruitment has risen steadily each year and AITC’s programme is now one of the most-respected in the country. AITC’s teaching and coaching staff are fully-qualified and take pride in being able to help the scholars develop both academically and in terms of their football in a safe, well-structured environment. Every aspect of the programme is monitored and evaluated both internally and externally to sustain AITC’s high standard of delivery. AITC’s programme provides scholars with an excellent opportunity to continue studying while experiencing a bespoke football development programme that suits all abilities. The programme is available in two separate forms of football:



Scholars selected for AITC’s 11-a-side platform will compete weekly in the FA National Football Youth League (U19).

Scholars selected for AITC’s futsal platform will compete bi-weekly in the Football League Trust Futsal League.

Training sessions are overseen by our experienced and highly-qualified coaching staff including Brighton & Hove Albion legend Guy Butters.

Bespoke training sessions will be overseen by our experienced coaching staff, including former Seagulls defender Danny Cullip.

Lessons take place in classrooms at the American Express Community Stadium and in previous seasons the team has had the opportunity to play at the training grounds of a host of professional football clubs.

Each year a select number of scholars will be offered the opportunity to have a trial with South England Futsal Centre of Excellence and England Under-19s. AITC has a fantastic history of players being regularly being selected.

Former scholars have gone on to study at university, secure trials at professional football clubs and win scholarships to play college football in the United States.

As with the 11-a-side option, lessons will take place at the American Express Community Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC.

COURSE DETAILS Level 2 in Sport • A full-time one-year course

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

• Equivalent to four GCSE’s enabling progression to Level 3

• A full-time two-year course

• Minimum 8 hours education per week

• Minimum 8 hours education per week

• Equivalent to three A-Levels

Entry requirements Applicants must be aged 16-18 and must attend a trial. Level 2 in Sport

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

• Three GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade D

• Five GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade C

Development opportunities Studying for a Diploma / Extended Diploma in Sport is an excellent route into the sports industry or to access further study within the subject at university level. The skills learned during AITC’s programme are also transferable to other industries and completion of the course demonstrates a number of skills which are desirable to potential employers. Throughout the duration of their study scholars will also be given the opportunity to volunteer with AITC.

AITC and the PFA working together Albion in the Community is working with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and Unionlearn’s Achievement Through Sport project. The PFA has been able to extend the learning, training and educational provision for its members including the facilitation and preparation for transition into other industries or other roles within football post-playing career. Furthermore, the project works closely with a number of football clubs and their community trusts to assist them in supporting and promoting the learning agenda to the wider community including certain disadvantaged or hard to reach people in society such as those facing redundancy, the digitally excluded and the elderly.

Kieran Rowe

Owen Muller and Owen Andrews

Callum Ronald

A talented and hardworking footballer, Kieran was an important part of AITC’s 11-a-side team that reached a national final and got the chance to play at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Owen Andrews and Owen Muller both secured places to study in the US at North Iowa Area Community College after impressing on and off the pitch for AITC.

Callum is a fantastic example of someone who embraced the opportunity provided by AITC’s alternative education programme. Despite having to travel more than 60 miles to and from lessons every day, Callum thrived. He also maintained a 100% attendance record and achieved one of the highest possible grades.

Kieran impressed on the pitch and scored 50 goals in one season. Having clearly benefited from the expert coaching provided by AITC alongside the scholars’ academic lessons, Kieran has since signed for a semiprofessional football team in the National League South – meaning he will now play his football just two divisions outside the Football League. He is also looking to continue studying with AITC by signing up for a fitness instructing qualification.

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And once in the US they will continue to combine football and studies by playing for the IACC Trojans. Both agree that AITC’s programme has helped them achieve their goals and is a course they would definitely recommend to others. Owen Andrews said: “If you love your football and want to continue your academic studies, AITC’s course is the perfect option for you.” Owen Muller added: “It has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

Having completed his qualification, Callum was also offered a place to study at Liverpool John Moores University. Brighton & Hove Albion fans also voted Callum the winner of the inaugural Albion in the Community Award after being impressed by his commitment to the programme and his studies.

To find out more about our courses and how to get involved, contact:

Email: Phone: 01273 878265 Address: Albion in the Community, American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL.


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Albion in the Community - Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport  

Albion in the Community - Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport

Albion in the Community - Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport  

Albion in the Community - Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport