Football & Education Programme

Applications are invited from students who wish to join the Chesterfield FC Football & Education Programme.

The two-year programme, which is run by Chesterfield FC Community Trust, will provide students with the opportunity to study full-time on one of three BTEC/A-Level courses while training three times a week with UEFA/FA-qualified coaches.

They will be based at either Outwood Academy or the Technique Stadium, depending on which course they are studying.

Students will represent Chesterfield FC in the Under-19s National Football Youth League, competing against teams representing the likes of Manchester City, Everton, Burnley and Sunderland.

The programme will provide a pathway to gain further qualifications with the potential for students to play semi-pro football, take a scholarship abroad or progress into a job in sport.

Commenting on his experience of the programme, Josh Marsh said: “Before the course I wasn’t confident in myself, however, the programme has allowed me to express myself whilst gaining the qualifications.

“The support I’ve received from CFC staff has been exceptional, both on and off the pitch. The programme has enabled me to gain a scholarship in Spain, which will hopefully allow me to make a living doing something I love every day!”

Another student, Ethan Robinson, said: “The course has been very beneficial to me and has allowed me to progress in a football capacity. 

“My technical and tactical understanding has improved significantly and my physical and psychological attributes have developed. The support from the CFC staff has been incredible, from personal problems to football specific issues, like injuries. They have always been there for me and supported me so much. 

“The education at Outwood, combined with football development, has allowed me to progress to the next stage in my life, on a university football scholarship in Northampton.”

Scott Atkinson, the Trust’s head of education and wellbeing, believes it is an ideal programme for anyone who is looking to carve out a career in sport.

He said: “We care passionately about the overall health and wellbeing of the students and their progression, which our track record illustrates. We are proud of what we have achieved in this area, helping students on the road to a career in sport.

“As well as the education we provide, it is also very satisfying to see the students representing the Spireites in matches against teams associated with Premier League clubs.”

To request an application form, please email