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Shadow Youth Team


The Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team (SYT) programme is delivered by Burnley FC in the Community staff in partnership with the Nelson and Colne College Group.

The programme gives talented young players between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance to combine academic studies with practical football experience.

what does the programme include?

  • This is a full-time BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport Coaching and Development (Equivalent to three A-Levels)

  • Students can chose to study at our Nelson & Colne College or Accrington & Rossendale College Campus.

  • Classes are delivered over a two-year period and combine theory and practical sessions.

  • The units covered within the BTEC include: Sports Coaching, Nutrition, Sports Psychology and Work Experience.

  • Students train four times a week following a playing and development strategy under the guidance of our UEFA licenced coaches.

  • Students will have the opportunity to complete their FA Level 1 in Football Coaching.

what are the benefits?

  • Play in Burnley FC Official Home and Away Kits

  • Students are provided with Burnley FC Training Kit

  • Individual and Squad photos at Turf Moor

  • Opportunities to showcase talent through access to NFYL and English Schools/English Counties representative squads trials

  • Access to fully qualified Physiotherapists

  • Strength and conditioning programmes

  • Fixtures are filmed and analysed

  • Nutrition guidance

  • Career support

what are the entry requirements?

To enrol onto our BTEC Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma, students will need at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English (Grade 5).

A Level 2 course option is available for those who do not meet the requirements, subject to an interview.

Train > LEARN > PLAY > Develop > Excel

Students will proudly represent Burnley FC in both the National Football Youth League and the English Football League (EFL) Community & Education Football Alliance. They will have the opportunity to compete against other professional clubs. Our students actively participate in league and cup competitions, providing them with a football experience that closely resembles Academy-level football. These matches are often held at professional club training grounds, non-league venues, and occasionally even at First Team stadiums. In addition to local competitions, we also offer exciting opportunities for overseas training camps and tournaments at the end of the season. These experiences allow our students to train and play in different countries while immersing themselves in diverse cultures.

For More Information

To register for our upcoming trials, please fill out the form below!

For more information on our Shadow Youth Team Programme, please contact Nathan Mottram on: