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Notts Coun­ty Academy

Not­ting­ham Col­lege has a long-stand­ing his­to­ry of work­ing with Notts Coun­ty as the edu­ca­tion part­ner for its acad­e­my play­ers. Over the years we have enjoyed shar­ing the suc­cess of our alum­ni, many of whom are now pro­fes­sion­al players.

On site at Notts Coun­ty our high­ly qual­i­fied and expe­ri­enced staff pro­vide the edu­ca­tion ele­ment to the Acad­e­my and Notts Coun­ty pro­vide all foot­ball relat­ed activ­i­ties, includ­ing train­ing, reg­u­lar match fix­tures, strength and con­di­tion­ing and match analysis.

What will I study?

You’ll learn about the broad spec­trum of the sports indus­try and take part in dif­fer­ent sports, but most of the knowl­edge and the­o­ry will be applied to the work­ings of the foot­ball industry.

You will study the fol­low­ing course along­side your acad­e­my train­ing. If you have not achieved a grade 4/C in GCSE Eng­lish or Maths we will sup­port you to con­tin­ue study­ing them along­side your course. 

Along­side your course you will also study enter­prise, employ­a­bil­i­ty and study skills plus have oppor­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer with younger acad­e­my squads. 

These qual­i­fi­ca­tions will give you suf­fi­cient UCAS points to go to uni­ver­si­ty to study a degree or foun­da­tion degree, pro­gres­sion to a US soc­cer schol­ar­ship or equip you with prac­ti­cal skills to enter one of the many careers that exist in the sport, leisure and fit­ness industry.

Where will I study?

Your course will be based at Mead­ow Lane Foot­ball Sta­di­um, the home of Notts Coun­ty Foot­ball Club. You will train a min­i­mum of 3 days a week and play in reg­u­lar foot­ball fix­tures in addi­tion to your course. With qual­i­fied teach­ing, coach­ing and pas­toral sup­port, the bal­anced pro­gramme will allow stu­dents to under­take struc­tured aca­d­e­m­ic lessons togeth­er with a com­pre­hen­sive train­ing and foot­ball programme.

What is the selection process?


Book your trial place at Notts County Football Club. We hold several open trial dates at Meadow Lane throughout the year. These are open to current year 11 players and those currently in year 12 who are considering swapping to the programme. Our next trial dates are:

  • Sunday 19th March
  • Sunday 21st May 2022.

To book a place at a trial please email:


Attend the trial date given to you. This is where the selection process takes place. During your trial you will be selected on your skill, attitude and overall potential.


If you are successful with your trial, you will receive a letter inviting you in for an academic interview.


If successful at interview you will receive a letter with instructions on how to confirm your place on the programme.


You’ll receive all the documentation you need, please ensure you read it thoroughly and return any information required.


Upon meeting course entry criteria enrol at Nottingham College and start your course.

What happens if I am unsuccessful?

We run a huge range of sports cours­es at Not­ting­ham Col­lege and sup­port all of our stu­dents to achieve their sport­ing ambi­tions. If you are not suc­cess­ful with the foot­ball tri­al you are invit­ed to apply for anoth­er course with us, these are based at our Bas­ford Campus.

Academy alumni:

Acad­e­my alum­ni Tyreace Palmer tells us how both his prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence with the acad­e­my and the edu­ca­tion pro­vid­ed by Not­ting­ham Col­lege helped him score his dream job as a pro­fes­sion­al footballer.


I found my course real­ly enjoy­able. The tran­si­tion from school to col­lege was big but ben­e­fi­cial on a per­son­al note and this type of learn­ing was some­thing I real­ly embraced because I was study­ing sub­jects that I real­ly enjoyed learn­ing about. This type of learn­ing also played to my strengths. I was nev­er some­one who enjoyed all aca­d­e­m­ic sub­jects. Study­ing a BTEC allowed me to focus on the sub­ject I was most pas­sion­ate about. 

 — Tyreace Palmer

Hear from some of our current academy players who are studying with Nottingham College:

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I am enjoy­ing being able to bal­ance edu­ca­tion with my train­ing at the acad­e­my. It’s use­ful hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to gain more knowl­edge in areas such as coach­ing and the dif­fer­ent roles a coach can have – it goes much fur­ther than play­ing on the pitch. My main goal is to get a pro­fes­sion­al play­er con­tract but work­ing towards qual­i­fi­ca­tions will help me with my long-term future. 

 — Brad McGre­gor
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I have the best of both worlds; the chance at a pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball career but also edu­ca­tion­al qual­i­fi­ca­tions that open doors. I enjoy learn­ing about the finan­cial side of sport, it’s inter­est­ing find­ing out how sports indus­tries gen­er­ate income. The acad­e­my is a nice envi­ron­ment and every­one is sup­port­ive, kind and welcoming. 

 — Tijan Mbowe
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My course cov­ers a lot of bases of dif­fer­ent sports and gives a lot of path­ways to what you can do after foot­ball and it’s a great bal­ance between foot­ball and edu­ca­tion. It lets me par­tic­i­pate in foot­ball the best way I can but also work hard on my course too. My goal for the future are to play pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball but beyond that the edu­ca­tion side will help me to pre­pare me for a career beyond football 

 — Max Cavanagh