Stanley Students Kick Off Their Education With ASCT

It’s been a great first half term for our new cohorts of students coming into Accrington Stanley Community Trust Sport and Football College. It’s been a busy start to the 20/21 academic year, with over 40 students settling into college life really well, and adjusting to the “new normal”. They’ve been busy on all sides, studying for their BTEC Sport course, Training 3 times a week and competing weekly in Community and Education Football Alliance (CEFA)



All of ours students have been training 3 times a week with our UEFA licenced coaches, receiving elite coaching and working hard to improve their performances. Students Ryan Bolton, Jamie Sanderson and Robert ‘RJ’ Hudson, have even been lucky enough to train with the Accrington Stanley Youth team on a consistent basis. This is a fantastic achievement opportunity for them to showcase their abilities to Academy staff, who work closely with the Trust as part of the newly formed Academy Development Programme.

Both of our development squads have kicked off their seasons with numerous fixtures vs Blackpool, Tranmere, Preston North End and Rochdale, Our boys also took on Manchester United, resulting in a great win.

Finally, 2 of our students are celebrating grassroots success. Academy Development Squad A team captain Mitchell Marshal, and Robert ‘Rj’ Hudson competed in the Lancashire FA U16 Cup Final vs Atherton Collieries and finished with a 3-0 win to lift the trophy in Leyland.



Our Level 3 first years have been studying the health and well being benefits that sport can have on individuals, whilst also learning about the various health screening tests which take place to assess a participants overall health.

Second year students have been looking into Officiating in Sport, and the roles and responsibilities of the various officials. The unit soon turned practical when students had the opportunity to apply the theory into practical when they officiated an in-house 5 a side tournament, which was organised by our level 2 students as part of their Participating in Sport unit.

The level 2 students also had the chance to engage in practical activities which relate to the course when they visited nearby Accrington Tennis club. The students were coached some key techniques and skills required for tennis, then enjoyed a Wimbledon style singles tournament.

In addition to visits related to their studies, students were rewarded for their efforts throughout the first half term, students swapped the classroom with a trip to Room 147. Activities included pool, snooker and darts. As expected, the competitive nature in the students came out, but the social element was fantastic and fun was had by all.


One of our students, Katie Chadwick has also been out and about in the community coaching within multiple primary schools as part of her coaching work experience. The coaching placement element of our course enables students to gain real life work experience which allows them to develop key employability skills whilst gaining the opportunity to shadow our qualified and experienced staff


It’s been a fantastic start to the college year and despite the lockdown, all of our students are showing a real enthusiasm to learn, train and play while on the course.

If our course sounds like something you or someone you know would be interested in, Apply online via the link below and one of our staff will be in touch to secure your place for September 2021.

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