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The Football Performance Centre boasts an array of coaching talent, all bringing something different to the programme.

Our coaching team is packed with ex-professional footballers including Michael Proctor, ex-Sunderland AFC striker, and Pools legend Brian Honour.

Students enrolling into our Football Development Programme can be guaranteed the specialist training they require to give them the skills and knowledge they will need to progress in the game.

The Football Development Programme is for ED6 students who want to improve their skills and knowledge of the game, whilst in a full time educational programme at the college. The Programme includes:

Individual & Team Coaching 9 - 12 hours per week
Specialist Goalkeeping Coaching
Individual & Team Match Analysis
Player Assessment & Development
Football Fitness

Completion of the course will give the students opportunities to pursue:

Careers in Professional or Semi-Professional Football
Career in Coaching
Careers in Sport & Recreation
USA Scholarships

Any clubs or schools interested in linking with the Development Centre should contact the Sport Development Team on 0191 518 5565, any time to arrange a visit. Our staff will be available to support your club/school with training sessions and club development projects.

Student Case Study 1: Lee Robinson
Lee was a student in the football development, whilst studying BTEC Sport who has gone on to make it as a Professional Footballer with Glasgow Rangers in Scotland. Lee made his debut for Rangers last season and progressed into the squad to play in the Champions League. This is a massive achievement for Lee personally, with his hard work and commitment within his dedicated sport he will hopefully go on to establish himself as a first choice goalkeeper.

Student Case Study 2: John Gilbert
John was a student last year also who was in the Male Football Development whilst studying Advanced Leisure & Recreation. He was a hard working student who went on to play at a good non-league standard after progressing well within the two years he attended the Football. He left with his level 1 coaching award and grades B & C within his academic course. He is continuing his academic work at Sunderland University with his Sports Science Degree.

East Durham College’s sports facilities are second-to-none, boasting a state-of-the-art gymnasium, indoor all purpose sports hall and a 3G (Third Generation) artificial all weather floodlit pitch.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the College’s Football Development Centre should contact Rose Fraser on 0191 518 5565 or e-mail rose.fraser@eastdurham.ac.uk