Students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form are set to benefit from a professional football partnership with the Matrix Soccer Academy.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form already has an enviable reputation for excellence in sport and a high performing football academy. This year Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have teamed up with Matrix Soccer Academy to offer an innovative new qualification for aspiring football professionals. The Level 3 Diploma in Performance and Excellence in Coaching will enable students to develop professional level coaching skills and set them up for a successful career in elite standard coaching.

Star football students from local high schools including West Craven High School, Colne Park High School, Colne Primet Academy and SS John Fisher and Thomas More Catholic Humanities College visited the College to find out more about this career targeted qualification and took part in a master class with Charlie Jackson and Paul McGladdery. Charlie is the founder of Matrix, part of the Manchester City Development Team and also works at Performance Level for the Scottish FA and Paul is the Programme Coach – who also works at Performance Level for Manchester City and the Scottish FA.

Ryan Cook – Head of Division for Care, Public Services and Sport said, “The College is really excited to be working in close partnership with Matrix Soccer Academy to offer this unique programme. The course, which encompasses a BTEC qualification, is designed to provide an exciting blend of sporting performance practice with skilled technical coaching. With a tradition of sporting excellence and a brand new multi-million pound 3G sports facility, the College is confident that this new qualification will be a great success and will provide exciting progression opportunities for young aspiring footballers in the local area.” 

Charlie Jackson said, “The Matrix Soccer Academy is passionate about providing young players with the technical development and enhanced skills required for elite performance. Led by Performance Level coach, Paul McGladdery, this jointly-run programme in partnership with the College will give young players a unique opportunity to access professional coaching at the highest level – helping to develop the professional players of tomorrow. “