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Identify, Recruit and Develop

Welcome to St Neots Town FC Football Scholarship Programme Our aim is to provide the very highest standards that will afford you the best possible opportunities to progress in your quest to establish yourself in professional sport and the world that surrounds it. For all those that are considering our Scholarship Programme may I take the opportunity to wish you every success. Lee Kearns - Managing Director

Achievements and Goals

One of our key strengths is that we, with our Higher Educational Partner, are able to focus not only on your development as a Footballer and give you the opportunity to develop as a coach but also as a student and ensure that the correct exit routes at the end of your two year Scholarship are available to you. Its extremely important that you focus on your individual achievements and we all work towards a common goal. Our primary interest is making sure we help you reach whatever targets you set yourself, whether your aim is to move onto higher education (University), playing football at the highest level or gaining the appetite, knowledge and drive to move into the sports business sector once your Scholarship programme has been completed.


Who is the Programme aimed at?

The St Neots Town FC Football Scholarship Programme is aimed at young footballers between the ages of 16 years - 18 years old. We offer Boys and Girls the opportunity of working in a sports related environment.

What does the Scholarship offer you?

St Neots Town FC offers a path to a career in sports and sports related industries as well a route through to higher education. You will have access to professional coaching and the guidance you may require to fulfil your potential.


St Neots Town Scholarship Programme Staff Iain Parr - Director & Head of Youth Development Iain is an experienced UEFA qualified coach & excels in Youth Development, he also holds an FA Diploma in Psychology, FA Youth Module 1,2 & 3, FA Youth Coaches Award and numerous other qualifications. He spent 4 years at Peterborough Utd Youth Academy working alongside highly qualified professional full time staff and recently coaching at Norwich City Centre of Excellence. After a successful spell as 1st Team manager Iain stepped down and accepted the full-time position to oversee the Scholarship Programme

Andy Davies - Scholarship Head Coach & Academy Manager Andy holds an Academy Managers Licence and is a UEFA ‘A’ qualified coach with a talent and passion for Youth Development, he has coached at Ipswich Town, Millwall FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Cambridge Utd, Peterborough Utd, Portsmouth FC, Crystal Palace, Cambridge city & St Neots Town FC. Andy has carried out roles as an Academy Manager, Coach Educator and FA Tutor, Academy Development Coach, Lead Coach & Youth Coach u12’s – u21’s. Andy’s experience and connections throughout the professional game will ensure players are given every opportunity to progress and develop as footballers. We have an experienced Goal Keeper Coach who has been at the football club for 5 years and a highly qualified Physiotherapist. Our relationship with a local Health & Fitness Gym enables the players to receive valuable Nutrition advice, Strength and Conditioning information, injury rehabilitation and take part in Health & Fitness sessions such as Circuit Training, Spin Sessions, Pool, Stream & Sauna, all undertaken by qualified staff.


Football and Education Scholarship

It is important to have the intellect to be a player that can think on their feet. The skills set in the classroom needs to match the skills set on the field. So as a Football and Education Scholar you’ll find that there’s just as much, if not more emphasis placed on your educational development as your football development. If you’ve got the right GCSE results, then as a Football Scholar the Level 3 programme is right up your alley.

Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport Level 3 Scholarships – 2 year programme Entry Requirements:

To be considered for this course, as a minimum you will need 5 GCSE’s, or equivalent at C grade and above. Preferably this will include English and Maths, although pathways are available to those that just miss out on that all important C Grade in these core subjects.

What you’ll have in your pocket when you walk out the door

Not only will your studies equip you for a possible business career after your time as a full time Scholar at St Neots Town FC but they will also gain you acceptance into a range of top Universities. • Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport – worth up to 3 A Levels, and will facilitate an entrance into University. • Functional skills level 2 – Essential progression if you did not manage to attain a C grade in English or Maths. 07

As part of the curriculum, a BTEC National Extended Diploma is traditionally made up of a series of units. During the course you will cover the following subjects: Year 1 • Principles of Anatomy & Physiology (1) • The Physiology of Fitness (2) • Assessing Risk in Sport (3) • Fitness Training for Sport & Exercise (4) • Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise (5) • Sport Nutrition (6) • Psychology for Sports Performance (7) • Analysis of Sports Performance (8) • Technical & Tactical Skills in Sport (9) • The Athlete’s Lifestyle (10)

Year 2 • Sports Coaching (11) • Current Issues in Sport (12) • Practical Team Sport (13) • Instructing Physical Activity & Exercise (14) • Talent Identification & Development in Sport (15) • Sports Injuries (16) • Work Experience in Sport (17) • Rules, Regulations & Officiating in Sport (18) • Sport as a Business (19)

Completing units 1-7 is equivalent to 1 A Level Completing units 1-13 units is equivalent to 2 A Levels Completing all 19 units is equivalent to 3 A Levels


St Neots Town FC will also help you gain Coaching Qualifications & Experience by taking the FA Level 1, FA Youth Module & delivering sessions to local schools, development centres and the clubs Youth Teams ranging from u7 - u18. “ If you decide to go to university, this course will give you the UCAS points needed to get in, the units are interesting & will really help with your football performances” At the core of our programme is the express desire to develop the next generation of talented footballers. Each week we provide you with the opportunity to train with highly qualified coaches, all of whom are under the direction of a head coach that hails from either a semi-professional or professional club.

Scholarships / Timetable

Nothing good in life was ever delivered on a plate. To achieve the pinnacle of any sport you have to work hard. Put in the hours and the rewards will come. It’s an ideology that we subscribe to and why there’s no such thing in professional sport as a free ride. Hence a typical Football and Education Scholar can expect to spend anything up to 20–25 hours a week studying, training, coaching and competing at a variety of match days and developing his or her work experience. Be it participation in practical work or theory, scholars who enter the programme must be prepared to work hard to become talented, semi or professional footballers & Coaches. There are no half measures or short-cuts to success.


Onside Sports Apprenticeship Framework of Apprenticeship options for Year One Activity Leadership

30 Credits for Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership 50 Credits for Level 2 Btec Diploma in Leadership through Sport 8 Credits for ERR – Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning NB: No Entry Requirement

Exercise and Fitness

37 Credits for Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness 23 Credits for Level 2 Btec Certificate in Fitness Instructing 8 Credits for ERR – Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning NB: No Entry Requirement

Sports Development

64 Credits for Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development 20 Credits for Level 3 Btec Certificate in Sports Development 8 Credits for ERR – Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning NB: Must have 5 A-C GCSEs including Maths and English to start on this Framework


Onside Sports Apprenticeship Framework of Apprenticeship options for Year Two Sports Development

64 Credits for Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development 20 Credits for Level 3 Btec Certificate in Sports Development 8 Credits for ERR – Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning

Exercise & Fitness

48 Credits for Level 3 NVQ in Personal Training 36 Credits for Level 3 Btec Certificate in Personal Training 8 Credits for ERR – Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning NB: Must have completed Level 2s in Exercise and Fitness to Access Level 3 or Alternative Level 3

Supporting Teaching & Learning in PE & School Sport

54 Credits for Level 3 Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sports 8 Credits for ERR – Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning NB: Must have 5 A-C GCSEs including Maths and English to start on this Framework


International Sports Scholarships in partnership with Future Elite Sports

On completion of your two year course at St Neots Town FC we can introduce you to our overseas scholarship partner (Future Elits Sports). They will discuss the opportunity to apply for a scholarship at a University in the USA dependant on your academic and sporting ability.

What can Future Elite do for you?

Every scholarship consultant at Future Elite has played and studied in the USA which is why we understand every athlete Is different. We will build a bespoke profile that matches your given criteria to make sure we find the perfect university for you. Before we offer anyone a place on our programme they must first go through our strict selection process to determine whether they are eligible to play and study in the US. We are so confident we will find each athlete a range of scholarship offers, that if we are unable to secure a scholarship offer we will refund our agency fee.

Why a USA sports scholarship?

A sports scholarship in the United States is a fantastic way to play your chosen sport at the highest possible level, earn a university degree and have the time of your life. American colleges boast some of the best playing facilities on the planet, have the most experienced collegiate coaches in the world and produce some of the world’s greatest athletes. 12

What can you expect?

Each university has its own stadium where you will compete on game days, along with Its very own state of the art training facilities where you will be coached by some of the most experienced college coaches in not only the US but from around the world. These coaches look for athletes that are committed, talented, driven, and have a desire to succeed both as an athlete and as a student it is Important to remember that giving your all as an athlete is one thing, maintaining a high academic level as a student is also paramount

What will you be gain? Life experience Living overseas, learning and adapting into a new culture are all very desirable attributes that all future employers will be looking for. Working Career Competition in certain professions is very high and employers will often look for someone who breaks the mould, gaining a scholarship and studying in America does exactly that. Professional Sport The top athletes in a given sport are able to Join pro clubs through the ‘draft’ which means that university athletes are essentially scouted by professional clubs and drafted into their teams. 13

Training, Playing and Coaching opportunities

You will train on our 3G Arena & matches will be played at the main stadium. Our relationship with a local Health & Fitness Gym enables the players to receive valuable nutrition advice, strength and conditioning information, injury rehabilitation and take part in health & fitness sessions such as circuit training, spin sessions, pool, steam & sauna, all undertaken by qualified staff. Players will gain valuable match experience through the clubs Youth Team that compete in a Thursday night floodlit league, the British College League and the opportunity to play for the Saints U21 Saturday Team. We will also play internal fixtures against College and Academy teams and professional clubs to give players an opportunity to showcase their talent.


Ambition, Desire and Ability


As a club we can offer various packages to assist & deliver PE in Primary and Junior Schools in-line with the current School curriculum, FA Qualified Scholars will become an integral part of this service. We can offer all Scholars an opportunity and the experience of working with highly qualified Coaches, Teachers & Primary School Children.

FA Coaching Qualifications

The Programme will include FA Level 1 or FA Youth Module 1 subject to current qualifications. There are opportunities for individuals to develop as FA Licensed coaches and aspire to FA Level 2, FA Youth Module 2, FA Level 1 & 2 Goal Keeping and refereeing awards. Gaining these FA qualifications will allow you to become actively involved in the St Neots Town Youth and Saints FC Charter Standard Club and become a team Manager or Coach within the Development and Grassroots Squads U6 – U21’s. 15

Our Learning Partners and Links

Recruitment and Development of Young Footballers We are working closely with professional clubs to Identify, Recruit and Develop young footballers. We have a Development Centre based at Rowley Park who’s sole purpose is to identify the stars of the future. We also have strong links with semi-professional football clubs as well as our own youth development groups (U7’s-U16’s) an U18’s and U21’s Development squad and First team squad. We believe our links will give you a fantastic opportunity to showcase your talents.

Links We have fantastic links with many professional football clubs including Peterborough Utd, Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion, Cambridge Utd, Colchester Utd, Luton Town & Stevenage Borough to name just a few.

Longsands Academy and Ernulf Academy, our Learning Partners offering Additional Academics


St Neots Town Youth & Saints F.C. Development Teams U6-U18 Development squads that follow a structured training syllabus allowing players to develop in a safe environment U6–U18 Grassroots teams that allow girls and boys of mixed ability to develop in a safe environment.

All enquiries to or enquiries@stneotstownyouth&


Function Rooms

We have two Great Function Rooms The Gregory Suite and The Reedman’s Suite. Both rooms are fantastic and are great venues for Weddings, Parties, Christenings, Wakes and Conferences. The Larger Gregory Suite holds up to 250 (120 seated) and the smaller Reedman’s holds up to 80 guests. Both rooms have the Bar located within the room itself. We also offer a full and comprehensive catering service that has complete flexibility to suit your personal requirements. All enquiries to


Proud Business Partners

Sponsorship can come in many forms with lots of great opportunities to support St Neots Town FC. Whether you want to Sponsor a player or the whole stadium we have the flexibility to design a package that suits your budget.

St Neots Town Football Club is not just a Football Club we are an opportunity for our Commercial Business partners and Sponsors to promote themselves. Promoting and growing your business is more than just advertising on bill boards or web pages. Join in, bespoke sponsorship packages available


Application Form Please complete in full and return to the club for processing or contact Iain Parr on 07970 851511 for more information. Personal Details: First Name: Surname: Date of Birth: Place of Birth:

Address Details: House Name/No: Street: Town: County: Post Code:


Applicants Contact Details: Mobile: Home Telephone: Email Address:

Parent/Guardian Contact Details: Mobile: Home Telephone: Email Address:

Signature of Applicant:



Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about any aspect of the Scholarship Programme please get in touch. Managing Director

Director & Head of Youth Development

Lee Kearns 01480 470012

Iain Parr 07970 851511


Rowley Park – The Cozy Stadium Kester Way, St Neots Cambridgeshire PE19 6SN United Kingdom

Telephone 01480 470012 Email Website Registered in England No. 2921210

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