South West College (SWC), in association with Ballinamallard United FC, are pleased to announce plans for the launch of a new full-time Level 3 Football Academy, commencing at the SWC, Erne Campus in September 2022, and is now open for applications.
This exciting partnership will offer opportunities to aspiring footballers across the region to enhance their skills from the age of 16 plus whilst also undertaking a BTEC Level 3 Qualification (3 A Level equivalent) in Sport and Exercise Science.
The programme will combine academic study, sporting excellence and an opportunity to gain relevant industry qualifications such as coaching, officiating and fitness instruction.
Students will also have the opportunity to gain “real-life” work-based experiences in various roles within the club, which is County Fermanagh’s most senior football club providing a pathway from mini soccer to the Premiership via a thriving Academy structure.
The academic side of the course will be enhanced with a minimum of eight hours per week of football-related content. This will consist of personal, technical and tactical development, strength and conditioning for football, sports nutrition and sports psychology for football.
Each student will also commence a coaching education programme and gain national governing body qualifications, allowing participants to begin their coaching careers to increase employability and provide them with an edge when applying to higher education.
Aimee Neal, studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise alongside her football career with Sion Swifts Ladies and the Northern Ireland U19s would recommend studying Sport and Exercise courses locally, at the College, as they are designed to support athletes and those with a natural interest.