Community Trust Launch New Foundation Degree

Accrington Stanley Community Trust are proud to announce that their education provision will be expanding. From September 2019, the ASCT will be running a Football Coaching and Sport Development degree, delivered in partnership with the University Of South Wales (USW) and the EFL Trust. All lectures will be delivered in Accrington and the course will consist of two residential visits per year to the USW campus in Cardiff.

Head of Education, Mark Whalley, feels this is a big step forward for the town. “We are delighted to have been accepted as a delivery partner for this successful and unique Higher Education programme. The course will offer local people a chance to study a sport related degree without having to move away from the town and incur additional living costs.”

The course prides itself on offering industry-based work experience, with work based learning being an integral part to each year of study. This approach to learning ensures that the theory being taught during lectures can be further enhanced with practical delivery experience, a trait much sought after by employees.

Mark went on to add ”Having qualifications on paper is important, but what really sets people apart when applying for jobs is relevant work experience. Our aim is to provide the future workforce of the Sport and Leisure sector in the local area.”

In addition to the degree, the students will also undertake the FA Level 2 in Coaching Football, a course that would usually cost £310. With this additional qualification attached, ASCT are hoping to provide local grassroots teams with much needed volunteer coaches to help grow and sustain the sport within Hyndburn and the surrounding areas.

Are you looking to progress from college to higher education? Or are you simply looking to take the first step towards a career change? Our flexible degree programme could be the course for you!

Come along to our information evening on Wednesday 6th March, 6pm-7pm at the Wham Stadium to find out more information about this exciting new venture.

If you would like more information about this course, please contact or register your interest online at