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Further Education (16+) Men's Football

Further Education (16+) Men's Football

Bishop Burton College’s football programme has developed significantly over the last four years, on and off the pitch.

The Further Education Academy now has 25 players full-time who play in our English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) Category One and Two sides. The bulk of these players have come out of professional clubs at 16 or have been recruited through local football after being identified as a player with potential.

About the Football Academy

Talented footballers can access first-class coaching and sports development at Bishop Burton College.

Applicants to the academy programme must demonstrate outstanding ability and show evidence of achievement or potential at regional or national level, but the overarching aim is to provide the players with the best possible environment to achieve their academic and sporting goals.

We run two Further Education academies (Elite Academy and Development Academy). The Elite Academy is in the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) Premier Division. This is the highest standard of college football in the country, while our Development Squad supports this playing in the England Colleges Category Two Yorkshire and Humber League. Our Senior Academy plays in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Tier 2 league.

Entry Critera

All prospective academy players must have applied for a course at Bishop Burton to be eligible for selection. Sporting selection is undertaken through a pre-season trial.

Players for the Development Academy are expected to have played at a good standard at youth level and may have been involved in representative sport.

Elite Academy players will have had regional or county honours, academy experience or have been playing at a high standard of youth or adult football.

The Programmes

Players in the academy system at Bishop Burton get a high-quality programme balanced with their academic commitments.

Players receive technical and tactical field sessions, strength and conditioning, video analysis, team meetings and various additional sessions to improve their knowledge and performance in the game.

Take a look at our academy brochure here.

How to apply for the Academy

Players can apply for any course at Bishop Burton College and still be considered for the Football Academy.

During the application process, prospective players have the opportunity to indicate their interest in joining the academy.

To apply direct to the Head of Football, James Bennett, please email

Partnered with Hull City

Bishop Burton College is the home of Hull City’s Academy, which is linked to the college’s own football academy, providing students with the possibility of securing a place with the club.

Our Champions

Name: Levi Tarbotton
"I play centre back for the college’s Further Education Football Academy, competing in the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) Premier Division. I have also been selected to represent England Colleges’ national team, making my debut at St George’s Park against the FA Independent Schools team."