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Cheshire Football Academy (CFA)

Based in the heart of Alsager, the Cheshire Football Academy (CFA), is a full-time programme aimed at male and female players with dreams of playing football at a top level or to work in the football industry, but also appreciate the value of a top class education.

Join the big leagues: Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group (NSCG), is in the top 10% of general further education colleges in the country and the most successful provider of further education in Staffordshire.

Part of the NSCG Academy of Sport, the CFA programme is delivered at a brand new state-of-the-art Sports Hub in the heart of Alsager, Cheshire. Offering unrivalled facilities, you’ll be training at a high level and coached by experienced professionals, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise on and off the pitch where you’ll also gain a recognised vocational sport qualification.

So, if you live and breathe football and have the enthusiasm and dedication to develop and succeed - welcome to the CFA, you've applied to study at the right place!

Our Study Programme

Your timetable

Included in your timetable is a minimum of nine hours football; including three training sessions and a weekly game. You’ll also get plenty of classroom time so that you can focus on your academic qualification.

You can choose to study either:

  • BTEC Level 2 Certificate in Sport or
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Each will be delivered by NSCG lecturers, who consistently obtain outstanding achievement rates.

What to expect

  • You’ll study a nationally recognised academic qualification in sport
  • Take part in a structured football coaching programme taught by UEFA licensed coaches
  • Receive excellent support to help you succeed in the classroom and on the pitch
  • Compete at a national level in cup competitions and regional level in a north-western league
  • Enter cup competitions, i.e ECFA Knockout Cup
  • Continue to play for your chosen team at weekends

Each player will also receive*:

  • A fully branded football training kit, tracksuit, polo shirt and kit bag
  • Personal training programme
  • Gym membership +

The CFA has a passionate commitment to achieving excellence, all you need is the talent and dedication to get ahead of the competition.

* Requires contribution.

+Subject to availability. Please enquire.

Unrivalled Facilities

As one of the top colleges in the country for football development, with investment from the Football Association (FA) and the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA), we’re in the business of developing grass roots footballing talent.

Top Facilities

Our partnership with Alsager Leisure Facilities ensures you have access to the best facilities for miles around at the Alsager Sports Hub. Whatever the weather, you’ll have access to:

  • FIFA quality 3G football pitch
  • Five grass pitches comprising of two 9v9, two youth sized and a full sized football pitch
  • Indoor sports hall*
  • Swimming pool*
  • Gym facilities*
  • Sports pavilion, featuring conference and teaching facilities.

Next Level Technology

Cheshire Football Academy players will also have access to the latest in state-of-the-art analysis equipment with our PLAYERTEK® performance vests, which track in-game performance for post-game analysis.

The Extra Mile

At the CFA, we go that bit further to ensure you get the most out of your course by providing a range of extra activities and experiences to supplement your studies. These opportunities include, games against other clubs, tours, discounts on football coaching qualifications, visits to professional clubs, top sports universities and access to a range of industry work placement opportunities.

Get in touch

Got a question for the CFA team about your application? Get in touch below and we'll respond as soon as we can.

Department Highlights

Andy Griffin Football Academy U18 Colleges' Cup Winners 2019

Our Andy Griffin Football Academy Men's Academy were crowned winners of the English Schools Football Associations U18 Colleges' Cup winning 3-0 at Stoke City Stadium.

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Beth Roberts, England Ladies Footballer

England U19 International Beth Roberts, is a current NSCG HNC Sport student and member of the Andy Griffin Football Academy (AGFA).

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Lewis Salmon

AGFA striker Lewis Salmon signed an 18-month professional football contract earlier this year with Altrincham Football Club.

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David Pereira

Current NSCG student David is not only excelling in his course, but is also representing the English Schools Football Association (ESFA) National team alongside his studies, giving him the opportunity to play against other national teams.

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Jenny Hesketh

NSCG A Level student Jenny balances her commitments to the AGFA Ladies team as well as being a member of the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) national squad. Jenny was recently named AoC Sport's 'Student Performer of the Year'.

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Ethan Cartwright

Sport student Ethan is part of the Andy Griffin Football Academy (AGFA) and has represented his country at a national level as part of the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) National squad.

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Bridie Harding

NSCG Sport Development student and member of the AGFA, Bridie Harding achieved D*D*D* in her studies and after a successful scholarship application, secured her place at Keyano College, Canada to study Education.

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