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VLUK's Horley Town Football Academy offers students aged 16-18 the opportunity to combine their passion for playing football with taking their first steps towards building a career in sport.

Learners will study the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development whilst being exposed to an elite football environment where they will represent Horley Town FC on a weekly basis. 


The educational curriculum and qualifications are delivered by Virtual Learning UK, who provide and employ all teaching staff and work in partnership with Horley Town Football Academy.

On completion of the course learners will have a wide variety of different options, including going on to University, starting a higher apprenticeship or getting a job in the sports industry. 



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5 GCSE's or equivalent at grade 4/C

  • Start date: September 2023

  • Course type: Full time

  • Cost: FREE - The course is government funded, so there are no tuition fees to pay.

The Course

T H E   C O U R S E

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The qualification learners will be working towards is the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development. 

Duration- 2 years


The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching & Development is worth up to 3 A Levels and will facilitate an entrance into University or Higher Apprenticeship. On completion of the course learners will leave with a well developed understanding of the many different areas that make up the sports coaching industry. This course is perfect for students looking to build a career in  sport, or more specifically coaching and teaching. 

Entry Requirements - 5 GCSE'S or equivalent at grade 4/C or above


GCSE Maths & English - For those who just miss out on a 4/C grade. Tuition will be provided to retake these important qualifications, which are essential for entrance to University.



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Units include

  1. Nutrition for Physical Performance

  2. Health, Wellbeing and Sport

  3. Sports Psychology

  4. Applied Coaching Skills

  5. Marketing Communications

  6. Sport Development

  7. Self-employment in Sport and Physical Activity

  8. Practical Sports


The Football

T H E   F O O T B A L L 

The football programme at HTFA is headed up by UEFA 'A' Licensed coach Daniel Pedley. Students will be expected to eat, train, compete and recover well as they are exposed to an environment that replicates that of a professional club. Training and home games will take part at Horley Town FC where students will also have clear pathways and opportunities to represent the club at U23 level, as well as the 1st team.


Before starting the programme students will be sent individual training plans to ensure they are well prepared before the season begins.




Once the academic year has started the squad will train with UEFA and FA coaches daily. Students will be exposed to a training programme that prepares them physically, technically and tactically week in week out. Our goalkeepers will have access to our full time GK coach Connor Fawdry, who represented Chelsea FC and a number of other clubs at academy level. The training week will also involve specialist strength and conditioning sessions and access to physio treatments as and when needed.





On a weekly basis the learners will represent Horley Town FC in games against other colleges, semi-professional and professional academies. The team will also be entered into the FA Youth Cup.




The day after a match the coaches will put the squad through a light recovery session, followed by video analysis where learners will be able to review their individual and team performance. The use of VEO cameras at all of our games means students will have access to footage if required when applying for trials or scholarship opportunities.






  • Full kit package

  • First class training and playing facilities

  • Training led by top UEFA and FA licensed coaches

  • Specialist strength and conditioning sessions

  • Nutritional programme

  • Professional physio, injury prevention and rehabilitation programme

  • Weekly matches in a professional college league

  • Entrance into local and national Cup Competitions

  • Video analysis sessions

  • Pathway to represent the U23’s and 1st team at Horley Town F.C.

  • End of season tour

Your Future

Y O U R   F U T U R E

We are dedicated to working towards the best future for each student athlete. Every learner will benefit from an individual development plan to ensure they are progressing towards their targets. We offer access to the FA Level 1 coaching badge, with guided support along the way. Learners may then gain value from a work placement at Visionary Sports Academy, where they will have exposure to a number of roles within the sports industry . There will also be opportunities to assist with coaching Horley Town Youth teams for those committed to improving their practical coaching skills.

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On completion of the BTEC course, there will be many opportunities to progress onto other courses. These include Higher Education courses at University (including scholarship pathways in America) or Higher Apprenticeships. The BTEC course will be worth up to 3 A Levels on completion.



  • Sports Coaching

  • The Sport and Leisure industry

  • Professional/ Semi-Pro Football

  • Sports Development/ Management

  • Teaching

  • Opportunities at Visionary Sports Academy

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