Strachan Football Foundation Education

Sports and sports coaching qualifications

16-18 education

In partnership with ofsted grade one training provider SCL we offer a range of government funded sports and sports coaching qualifications in the form of short courses, full time education and apprenticeships.

We provide full time government funded education for 16-18 year olds looking for a career in football / sports industry as an alternative to college or 6th form.

Full Time Education

BTEC Level 3 – Pearson Education

Our curriculum offer 16 to 18 year olds students the opportunity to gain a vocational sport qualification alongside full time football education programme.

This qualification has helped numerous students progress onto University in the UK and the USA.

Sports Coaching Pathway Level 2  – 1st for Sport

The sports coaching pathway is offered to students looking to find a career in Sports Coaching. The course will help prepare students to be capable of delivering football and sports coaching sessions. They will have the opportunity to see coaches of SFF work and also attend a work experience placement in facilitating sessions at St George’s Park working UEFA A and B licence candidates.

Each student will also have the opportunity to assist in delivering sessions within our primary school programme we offer and will have the opportunity to work within our Schools Tournaments for primary and secondary schools.

The qualifications offered with the Sports Coaching Pathway


We offer a study programme which will help each student who has not achieved a GCSE grade C in English and Maths. Each student will have two opportunities to sit the GCSE exams in December and May each year.

  • 1st for sport QCF Activity Leadership Level 2
  • 1st for sport Principles and Preparations for Coaching Sport (PPCS) Level 2
  • Work Experience

Sports Coaching – 1st4Sport

  • QCF Activity Leadership Level 2
  • Physical Education in School Sport Level 2
  • QCF Sports Development Level 3
  • QCF Mentoring Sports Volunteers Level 3
  • QCF Employment Rights and Responsibility Level 2
  • QCF Employment Rights and Responsibility Level 3

Other Sports Coaching Qualifications offered

City & Guilds

  • Principles of sports coaching level 1
  • Principles of sports coaching level 2

FA Qualifications

  • FA Leadership Through Football Award Level 2
  • FA Coaching Certificate Level 2

Functional Skills – City & Guilds

  • Literacy  level 1 and 2
  • Numeracy  level 1 and 2
  • IT  level 1 and 2

Apprenticeships – Careers in sports coaching

SFF apprenticeship will give any aspiring coach the foundations to continue a career in sports coaching.

We have limited number of apprentice  sport coaching job roles each who are placed working within our primary schools development programme.

An apprentice coach will also run sessions within our Development centre teams and holiday football courses.

Working full time within SFF the apprenticeship will give  you industry specific qualifications, valuable coaching hours and work experience providing a platform for a career in football / coaching industry.

We offer apprenticeships in:

  • 1st4sport Sports Coaching Level 2
  • 1st4sport Sports Development Level 3

Outcomes upon completing apprenticeship could be USA based scholarship, UK University or employment.

US college scholarships

Strachan Football Foundation have built working relationships with numerous colleges in the USA.

We will help prepare learners who are looking for the opportunity of a scholarship in the states.

We will offer:

  • Support throughout the whole application & clearing process.
  • Tuition in preparing for SATS entrance exams.
  • Create a video profile of game footage.
  • Introduce learners to suitable colleges.

Throughout the year we have numerous college coaches visit our training ground to present what their college can offer each learner and give each learner the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the US college system and how scholarships work.

To date we have been successful in finding scholarships with NCAA Division 2 colleges and NAIA colleges who are ranked in the national top 15 rankings.


SFF students get USA Scholarships

Harry Reilly signs for NAIA National Champions in the US

SFF players offered US Scholarships