Aspiring footballers are invited to attend the final trial dates for an exciting new education programme.

Burnley FC in the Community and Nelson and Colne College have joined forces to create the Burnley Football Club Shadow Youth Team Squad for young males (currently in Year 11).

The two-year course provides an opportunity to participate in a playing strand, while completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma alongside practical studies. There will also be opportunities to trial, train and undertake work placements within Burnley Football Club.

Students aiming to secure a place on this course will need to be current Year 11  students and will be required to gain 5 GCSEs Grade A* to C (including 3 from  Maths, English, Science and PE) or a merit grade on a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport.

The next trial dates are:

  • Wednesday 15th July, 3pm to 5pm at Nelson and Colne College
  • Tuesday 21st July, 3pm to 5pm at Nelson and Colne College

Players on the programme will:

  • Receive £150 worth of BFC training kit
  • Receive £60 worth of match day kit
  • Complete an FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football
  • Study a Level 3 BTEC in Sport (Performance and Excellence) at an Outstanding College
  • Play fixtures against the best college sides in the country

Watch Sky Sport’s coverage of the innovative programme here:

Don’t miss out! Book onto your trial now online by visiting

For more information contact Neil Hart on 01282 704716 or