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Sports Academies All full-time students have the opportunity to join our award-winning sports academies.

Our accomplishments don’t end with our range of courses and facilities! Students aged between 16-19, who are enrolled on a full-time course, have the chance to join a sporting academy alongside their studies. Each academy offers specialist coaching to develop sporting excellence, nurture talent and aid personal development. Launched in 2012 and growing from strength to strength, there are now 7 academies to choose from.


Our team of highly-qualified coaches within the academies include ex-professional players as well as National-level coaches. These coaches have all played or coached at the top level in the UK and/or abroad, and can pass their skills and experiences on to students. Not only that, by belonging to a Sports Academy, learners will improve their chances of progressing to an elite sports institution in the UK or in the USA.

Your questions answered What academies can I join?

There are a wide range of Sports Academies to choose from at Middlesbrough College! · Basketball · Cricket · Football · Golf · Gymnastics · Table Tennis · Volleyball

What are the benefits of joining?

There are plenty of reasons to join one of our Sports Academies… · High quality professional coaching · Pre-season screening · Free access to the sports injury clinic · Free massage therapy · Free strength and conditioning training and programming · Performance analysis · Sport Science support which includes nutritional advice and psychological profiling · Assistance towards achieving coaching qualifications

Are there any entry requirements?

You must be studying a full time programme at the College and be aged between 16 and 19.

Register your interest for our Sports Academy

Visit to register your interest* so we can keep you up to date with the latest news on our Sports Academy! *To join our Sports Academy, you must study a full time programme at the College at the time of joining.

Who will be training me?

You will receive training from a highly-qualified Academy coach for a minimum of three hours per week.

What facilities are on offer?

Here at Middlesbrough College, we have everything from a fully equipped health and fitness gym, a large six-court sports hall, a 3G Astroturf pitch and the opportunity to have sports therapy massages!

Will I compete?

Absolutely! Our sports academy students participate in fully regulated and officiated fixtures and league systems.

Where have previous students competed? From local and national leagues, with home and away fixtures, to the AoC tournaments, our students have successfully competed in a whole host of sporting events.

Are there any fees to join?

There is a £50 joining fee and a £10 administration fee to join the health and fitness gym. This small contribution is set in place to cover overnight tournaments and competitions.

How can I get a Scholarship?

Each year, we offer up to 10 Sports Scholarships within the Academies to develop sporting success. Scholarships are allocated later in the first term, based on sporting ability, commitment to Academy training and performance and attitude towards studies. Alongside all of the academy benefits, successful students will not pay the Academy joining fee, get a free iPad or tablet, free training kit and free gym admin fee. Please speak to the specific Academy coach for further information.



Originating in 2015, the Basketball Academy at Middlesbrough College has gone from strength-to-strength. Pro-coach, Steve Butler, has extensive experience both playing and coaching the sport, and currently coaches Tees Valley Mohawks. With the team frequently playing off-campus, taking place in a range of championships, the academy has an impressive alumni, with ex-players going on to join the likes of The Mohawks and various teams overseas! Training is adapted to suit the needs of each player, and will teach you the necessary skills and techniques to be the best player you can be.


Charlie McArthur

L3 Sport & Exercise Science There’s so much on offer within campus, and it was a massive bonus that I could join a Sports Academy alongside my course! I’m new to basketball, but I’m loving it. I’ve made loads of new friends and have improved my skills so much already. My coach is so supportive and really moulds the team into working together. Coming to Middlesbrough College was the best decision of my life!

Cricket The Cricket Academy gives players the chance to play competitively whilst making new friends. The Academy offers players the chance to train (using a range of nets, strength & conditioning sessions, therapy and training), earn entry to the winter indoor cricket league and both the AoC indoor and outdoor competitions. Director of Cricket, Andrew Maguire, has coached the Academy to 3 consecutive top 5 finishes at the AoC National Indoor Championships alongside capturing numerous regional titles both indoor and outdoor.

Alex Smith

L3 Sport & Exercise Science My course is so interesting! We cover loads of different modules so I’ve been able to gain a wide range of knowledge to help me with the next step. The Academy has also been fantastic, and with us regularly training and playing matches, my cricket has massively improved. My goal is to get a cricket scholarship, so fingers crossed! I definitely recommend coming to Middlesbrough College, everything from the facilities to the location stands out – there’s everything you need under one roof!


Football The Football Academy is managed by Premier Player, a team of experienced, ex-professional and expert coaches. Building on your skills, the high quality sessions will work on a number of components that will help to transform you into the complete player. You will learn skills, reflective of what is seen on the pitches today from pro players, whilst building up your confidence. Students can expect up to 9 hours of professional coaching a week from ex-pros, Phil Stamp and Andy Collett. The Football Academy boasts a well-planned and structured curriculum, and top fitness and SAQ sessions. Training is professional and structured around the FA 4 corner model, with a proven track record of helping many young players along the way to joining professional clubs such as Middlesbrough, Leeds, Sunderland, and Newcastle.


Charlie Parkes

A Level – Law, Business, Psychology I played in the Football Academy at my school, so it was an obvious choice for me to progress on to Middlesbrough College as I knew there was a reputable team here. I’ve learnt a lot since joining the Academy (as well as my course!) and it’s made me work hard towards my goal of getting a scholarship in America. I love it here!


The Golf Academy at Middlesbrough College is based just 15 minutes away, at Stokesley Golf Range. With instructor James Atthey basing his coaching around the individuality of each player, he prides himself on his multi-disciplined approach that focuses on improving swing technique, mental approach and psychological abilities. With over 20 years as a coach, James believes each player has their own individual style, with the Academy helping to perfect this. State-of-the-art facilities and analysis tools support players in identifying their strengths and weaknesses, along with suggested techniques to develop their skills.

Mike Hay

L3 Sport & Exercise Science I love that I’m able to combine my hobby alongside my course at the College! I’m part of the Golf Academy, and thanks to the coaches I’ve been able to really improve over the two years. The teams are quite small so we’re able to get pretty bespoke training and develop our individual needs. We also train two times a week for three hours so it’s easy to fit around studies!

Players can also expect everything from support with collecting relevant performance data to the opportunity to develop your own skills tests and practice sessions.



Hope Godfrey

L3 Sport & Exercise Science

As a member of our Gymnastics Academy, you can expect regular, specialist training sessions and the opportunity to partake in both regional and national championships! We also have a rather impressive alumni, with previous Academy competitors going on to represent Great Britain.

I trained in the College facilities before I came to study here, so, as they offered the course I was interested in it just made sense to come here! The facilities are great and the coaches are really supportive. Since joining the gymnastics academy I’ve been able to learn new routines and learn more on any areas I want to improve on. We’ve also had the chance to get involved in competitions which has been really exciting. As well as championships in the region, we’ve also been as far as Stoke-on-Trent for the nationals it’s really fun and has really helped to improve my confidence!

The Academy has competed in both regional and national competitions, in a range of disciplines including floor & vault, acrobatics and tumbling. The team have even made it through to the National Milano Team Championships! Structured and personalised training allows all disciplines of gymnastics to progress and flourish. Training is designed to fit around the discipline and needs of each individual.



Table Tennis

Our well-regarded Table Tennis Academy offers students the opportunity to experience what it’s really like to play at a professional level. With many of our alumni now working within the field, or even representing team Great Britain, our experienced coaches can help to get you where you want to be! Our players have competed everywhere from JBL and Grantham, to the AOC Nationals and ESTTA, with former students going on to coach in the Senior British League. Player Alex Ward even headed to Israel to represent the GB team! Students are trained at Swerve in Middlesbrough, with a combination of 1-1 sessions and robot multi-ball. Coaches Paul, Steve and Jamal pride themselves on giving Academy members the best training to suit their individual needs.

Holly Williams

L3 Health & Social Care My Dad has a background in table tennis so I was already keen on the sport before coming to the College. The academy is great and I’ve gained so much already. It’s opened up multiple opportunities - a major highlight was coming 1st in the Country in the Table Tennis Championships in Nottingham! I’d definitely recommend joining an Academy alongside your studies at the College!



Our Volleyball Academy has built up a reputation for helping to take students to the next level, with professional training taking place up to four times a week. Coach Paul Welsh has a rather impressive history within the volleyball industry. With over 20 years’ experience of playing the sport, he moved into full time coaching after retiring as a player in 2015. He has led the Academy team to multiple National titles and success in the Tees Valley and North East Leagues on numerous occasions. Players will follow a structured programme that is planned out a year in advance, and can expect to take part in regular competitions with other teams both regionally and nationally. The team have headed to compete at the AOC National Cup and the Local League, with a high percentage of our students continuing to play the sport at a high level after leaving us!


Krista Lavender L3 Sports Science

I chose Middlesbrough College as it is well respected for its various sports academies. I had experience playing for Acklam Club before enrolling, but I really wanted to develop further so it made sense for me to join the academy! It’s been a great experience so far. The coaching and matches have really helped me to improve my confidence and given me the opportunity to make new friends.

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Football Development Programme

Want to turn your passion for the sports industry into a career? If you’re an active person who enjoys participating in practical sessions whilst getting a qualification then this could be the industry for you.

Middlesbrough College boasts the likes of a 3G Astroturf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab, where you can expect support from specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are exprofessionals in their field.

Do you want to develop your football playing ability and create a career in the footballing industry? Our Football Development Programme may be the perfect choice for you.

experience within different clubs and companies as part of the course. The direct links to clubs will create options to speak to professionals already in the field to enhance your development further.

You will have the opportunity to work with UEFA A Licence coaches within an academy environment to develop your skills whilst representing the college within the Football Academy.

All units (football coaching, anatomy and physiology in football, performance analysis) will be specific to meet the needs of football, so you will gain an understanding of what it takes to work in the industry.

You will have opportunities to gain your FA level 1 in football coaching, with options to progress down the coaching pathway, whilst completing work

The programme is available at Level 2 and Level 3.

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The course is tailored to demonstrate and provide the skills necessary to become a football coach, analyst, nutritionist and sports therapist.

If you are interested in the course, please apply through Level 2 Sport or Level 3 Sport. 11

To find out more and to register your interest, visit or contact the Sports Admin Team on either 01642 333772 or

Middlesbrough College Dock Street Middlesbrough TS2 1AD Tel: 01642 333333

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Our accomplishments don’t end with our range of courses and facilities! Students aged between 16-19, who are enrolled on a full-time course...

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Our accomplishments don’t end with our range of courses and facilities! Students aged between 16-19, who are enrolled on a full-time course...

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