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NSCG Academy of Sport

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If you haven't yet applied to join the Academy of Sport, you can complete the 'register your interest' form by clicking here.


Indulge your sporty side in lots of ways when you study with us. If you enjoy sport you can join one of our sports academies alongside your studies. Our Stafford College campus offer three performance academies, they’re nationally recognised and give you the opportunity to compete all over the UK, these include:

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rugby

And, If you’re already competing at county level or above in your chosen sport then you could be part of our Elite Sports Performance Programme. So, whatever your level, you can enjoy our knock-out facilities and see why we’ve earned our reputation as the Midlands’ top sports college.

Students will receive at least five hours of professional coaching each week, with matches played either at college sites or away on Wednesday afternoons. Academy teams will also play in competitive regional and national competitions.

Entry requirements for any Sports Academies are as follows:

  • Suitable sport reference (from a club/coach)
  • A good level of playing experience
  • A student at NSCG on a full-time course

And that's not all, there's loads more stuff to get involved in including sports trips, visits to leading sports universities and a brilliant social life when you become a member of TEAM:NSCG.

Elite Sports Performance Programme

Whatever your chosen sport, our Elite Sports Performance Programme (ESPP) was created to allow super talented athletes to continue studying whilst training and competing to the highest level.

As you might of guessed by the title, you’ve got to be the best of the best to be selected. You can be competing in any sport, but need to showcase that you are performing at a high county, national or international level.

The Benefits: There is a rigorous application process you have to complete. But, if you’re accepted on to the programme, you’ll be loving life with the following benefits:

  • Sports Scholarship Funding: You can apply for scholarship funding that will give you financial help towards training costs, transport and essential equipment
  • Free use of sports facilities and gym*
  • Free fitness programme
  • Free ESPP kit
  • University workshops at top sports institutions
  • Dedicated Sport Science Support Officer
  • Physiotherapy, sports massage and rehabilitation services

*Subject to availability


Led by NSCG Academy of Sport Manager, Dave Sutton our Academy Coaches have a wealth of regional, national and international experience across many sporting disciplines. If you would like to get involved in the NSCG Academy of Sport, speak to us using the chat function above or contact us at

Ofsted, 2019
Teachers use innovative resources that help to make theory more memorable for learners. Sports teachers use up-to-date location technology to produce a detailed post-match analysis for learners to scrutinise, so that they develop their tactical skills in football more rapidly.

Ofsted, 2019

Academy 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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Abbygael Harris, Badminton

Abbygael Harris is a former NSCG student who plays badminton at the highest level. Ranked GB Women's U19 No.1 she is currently working towards qualifying for Tokyo 2021.

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Ben Williams, Triple Jumper

Triple Jumper Ben Williams studied A Levels at NSCG and has gone on to compete on an international stage. He is currently prepping for the Tokyo Olympics.

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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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Steven Lewis, Pole Valuter

Pole Vaulter Steven Lewis studied A Levels at NSCG, now retired, he is Britain’s most successful Pole Vault Olympian, representing Team GB in Beijing & London Olympic games.

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