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Didn’t Get The Grades? Don’t Panic.


Gemeg Education have teamed up with the University Centre of Doncaster to create a new BSc Degree in Sport Science and Coaching Football that is delivered entirely online.

For the very first time, Gemeg are offering a degree that covers a whole range of topics across the football industry that allows young people the opportunity to study in their own environment, be it from home, at their club or abroad.

Aspiring footballers are increasingly looking at attaining additional qualifications to provide them with wider career options and, perhaps more in the case of non-league footballers, a career in addition to football.

The programme is delivered via the experienced staff at University Centre of Doncaster with support from Gemeg with the three year course the first of its kind to be offered entirely online and is accredited by the University of Hull.

Covering all areas of the game modules include, Foundations of Psychology in Football, Applied Physiology in Strength & Conditioning, Advanced Football Coaching Practice and Talent Development in Football.

Students will be equipped with a skill set that will make them stand out in the competitive workplace environment. Possible careers include performance analysis, football coaching, coach-educator, sport development officer, strength and conditioning coaching, sports psychology or academy coaching.

In addition to formal study, Gemeg have formed a partnership with the University of Valencia, giving students the opportunity to study abroad during their second or third year.

Students can train at the fantastic La Nucia centre in Spain with local based teams furthering the young player’s knowledge of the European game.

Alex Williamson, Business Development Manager at Gemeg, said: “Initial feedback from our Degree has been extremely encouraging, we have met with a number of Premier League and Football League clubs as well as private academies and non-league clubs, who are all massively excited to offer this to their young players.

“Young player development is key to any sports franchise both on and off the pitch, and we believe our BSc degree in Sport Science and Coaching Football is the next step in helping clubs to achieve that.”

Interested? Please book your place below.





Ashton Pilates offers a comprehensive range of fully bespoke services tailored to people’s goals by using my experiences in a high performance sporting environment, expert training with Body Control and work with another award winning Pilates studio. As an experienced practitioner, teacher and student I know exactly how Pilates can help you overcome injuries and enhance your fitness, whether you are competing in sport or simply seeking to improve your standard of living. The services that Ashton Pilates provides include:
  • Bespoke 1-to-1 sessions at home or in the workplace
  • Engaging & challenging group classes for up 12 people
  • Workouts for individuals to undertake in their own time that are tailored to their goals and fitness levels
  • Specific sessions for athletes across all individual or team sports designed to improve functional strength, flexibility and mobility in line with the demands of their sport
  • Mentoring to individuals who require ongoing support to achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals
As well as helping you achieve your health, fitness and mobility targets, Ashton Pilates is fully focused on helping people achieve a healthy state of mind. As a footballer, I know that anyone who competes in professional sport will testify that it’s never as easy as you may think. You only have to open a newspaper or watch the news to hear of the latest athlete that has been affected by depression or a stress related illness. Unfortunately these conditions can affect anyone at any time, and I am fully aware that stressful situations, complex working conditions and the general difficulties of day-to-day life can take a toll on people from any sector, industry or background. It is these issues and stresses that lead to decreased motivation, level of performance and quality of living. Through my own experiences I know that Pilates can have a huge impact on personal well-being and happiness by providing focus, discipline and a means to release and effectively deal with built up tension. Each of our Pilates services is fully tailored to the individual. Whether you are a footballer, rugby player, swimmer, runner, someone who stacks shelves or are accustomed to leading a sedentary lifestyle parked at a desk all day, Ashton Pilates has a class, exercise or service to fit your physical needs. Every person is different with a unique body and requirements. The only consistent element is that there is always something to improve upon, and Ashton Pilates can help you reach those goals.

For further information on what Ashton Pilates can offer you, please click to view our brochure.


  • A professional athlete who has experienced the benefits of Pilates first-hand during periods of injury as well as when maintaining the strength, balance, mobility and body control necessary to excel in a high performance environment.
  • Able to understand and relate to the fitness and injury needs of athletes from any sport, applying this knowledge to help enhance performance levels, extend careers, and provide a foundation to return from injury better than ever.
  • Committed to passing on this knowledge to help athletes and individuals from any walk of life, using a range of group and bespoke 1-to-1 programs to make tangible improvements to their health, happiness and standard of living.

Friday Footgolf At The Notleys Golf Club

13234485_10156978313690311_1762643777_oRound of Footgolf for the Academy lads

Braintree Town Academy spent a day in the sun playing footgolf at The Notleys Golf Course. Fantastic facilities and the staff were very accommodating which added to the fun. All the lads enjoyed the day, and the competitive side of them showed with some very close games. The Academy will be spending every Friday during term time at Notleys Golf Course, working on their technique and most of all, having fun.

The Academy Now Offer A Higher National Diploma

Higher National Diploma – Sport: Coaching and Sports Development

Introduction This course allows you to work towards a Higher Education qualification at HNC Level 4 in your first year and HND Level 5 in your second year of study.  It makes it ideal for those learners taking their first steps in Higher Education or returning to study after a break.

Who is this course for? This course is for students looking to develop a career in sport.  It will be focused on skills knowledge and experience needed to make a successful career in the sports industry. Students will be expected to gain practical coaching experience during the course.

Course Description The HNC Course is a BTEC modular course with the HNC running for one year looking at core units of Applied Sports Coaching, The Evolution of Sport Development and the Sport & Leisure Industry as well as topics such as Managing Resources in Sport & Leisure Management.

The HND course either builds on the knowledge learnt on the HNC as the same modules are studied or is a two year course in its own right.  The HND is a level 4 course in the first year before progressing onto a higher level of study, Level 5 in the second year.  Level 5 is the equivalent of a typically second year undergraduate programme.  The core modules include those of the HNC in addition to Event Management , an in depth Research Project and a Personal / Professional Development Module.

In addition, both courses will improve general study and literacy skills up to the level of the qualification.

Work Experience We honour the importance of a realistic balance between the focus on both your educational development and industry experience. The work experience element of the Higher National Diploma in Sport: Coaching and Sports Development, will equip you with the employability skills to develop a career in the sport of your choice,  with the potential to continue study to a Level 6 Honours Degree.

Duration 1 or 2 years

Entry Requirements Applicants will normally need to have gained 120 UCAS tariff points from; a BTEC Level 3 qualification or a GCE ‘A’ level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one subject.

In addition, 4 or 5 GCSE grades at A* to C or equivalent, including English and Maths.

Other related level 3 qualifications, or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution or related work experience would also be considered. In addition, there will be an interview on a one to one basis.

Course Content The Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Sport is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits (It can stand alone or act as the first year for the two year HND Course)

The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Sport is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits.

Structure of the Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Sport (QCF).

Year 1:

  • Applied Sports coaching
  • The Evolution of Sports Development
  • The Sport and Leisure Industry
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Well Being
  • Work-based Experience
  • Managing Resources in Sport and Leisure Management
  • Skill Acquisition in Sport
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise

Year 2:

  • Research Project
  • Principles of Sports Coaching
  • Managing Sports Development
  • Nutrition for Sport & Exercise
  • Event Management in Sport & Leisure
  • Field Based Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Analysis of Sports Performance

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Friends of Braintree Town

Braintree Town FC have done the unthinkable


Braintree Town FC have done the unthinkable and confirmed their place in the playoffs for  the football league with a 3-0 win against Altrincham F.C. on Saturday and finished the season in 3rd place.

The Club is getting bigger every year and with the academy developing so many young players the future is bright. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the academy in September.

Braintree Town Academy will be running their final open trial day on Tuesday 24th May for our September 2016 intake for our full time academy.

The trial will take place at Witham Town Football Club from 6:30pm until 7:30pm, followed by a presentation from 7:30pm until 9pm.

This opportunity is available to 16-18 year olds who have a keen interest in football and would like access to good quality coaching, whilst also continuing their education within a club environment.

The club delivers a 2 year elite program, working in partnership with VLUK Learning to provide scholars with access to a full-time football & education course.

The scholars combine training with their studies every day from Monday to Friday and compete in 4 leagues, Ryman U21’s, Thurlow Nunn League, Conference Youth Alliance and VLUK League. The Academy also feed players into Ryman side Witham Town FC and Braintree Town FC first team, currently in the National League.

The program is designed to provide a blend of football & educational studies, and those scholars who don’t make the grade as footballers will still leave with academic qualifications and additional life skills.

HND Coaching and Developing Sport:

  • Successful completion of this course could lead into year three of sports degree programmes at university. Career opportunities with pri­vate or local authority sports centres as sports coaches and leaders, sports development staff, fitness/gym staff, leisure centre staff, health and fitness staff. Employers may include: local authority, local sports organisations, private clubs/hotels and/or leisure trusts.

BTEC Level 3 – National Diploma in Sport: (entry level – 5 GCSE A-C grades including maths & english)

  • The 180 Credit Level 3 Extended Diploma that you will gain if you complete 180 credits deepens the specialist work related focus. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels.
  • If you complete this qualification with a distinction star, this is worth 420 UCAS Points.

The education program and coaching experience provides the learners with the opportunity to enhance the number of pathways open to them upon completion of the course. The Academy will be on hand to speak with parents and potential scholars about the course in more detail and answer any questions raised.

This program is by far the most exciting opportunity for this age group, and provides an excellent platform for young people to gain a qualification whilst being a full time youth footballer at a National League club.

During 2015/16 – Braintree Town Academy finished in 4th spot in the Conference Youth Alliance League. In total, 10 Academy players have signed first team forms with Alife Walker making his debut and 3 players finished the season on loan to AFC Sudbury and Canvey Island in the Ryman League

To sign up for the academy please click on the TRIALS link below and complete the online form.


Date: Tuesday 24th May 2016.

Time: 6:30apm-9pm.

Location: Witham Town Football Club, The Village Glass Stadium, Spa Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 1UN

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Request a Trial

Braintree Town Academy is an academic programme and we only trial players for the Academy and Under 21s, however if we feel your ability is good enough, we will not hesitate in putting you onto a first team pathway.

If you’re successful, you will then join the education programme for the academic year studying one of the below.

  • BTEC – Level 2 & 3.
  • Degree in Sports Science & Coaching Football.
  • Apprenticeship.


  • 15 year olds (year 11 students) – to 20 year olds.

Please note:

  • Trials are currently only open to UK based applicants.
  • Trials are only for the Academy (academic programme).
  • We do not accommodate and all students will be required to travel to Braintree and Witham 5 days a week.

Academy Training camp

Two Day training camp open to anyone aged 16-19 years old looking to join our academic/coaching football programme for the season 2019/20.

You will train alongside our current academy squad with our academy coaches.

The training camp will take place at the Discovery Centre, Braintree, CM77 7FS on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July 2019 10am – 2pm.


10th Academy Player To Signs First Team Forms

vanarama-national-league-logo-43207-2482023_478x359 Harry Watkins is the 7th player to sign First Team forms for Braintree Town FC this season, tallying the overall number to 10 Academy players that have signed First Team forms over the last 2 seasons, with 4 making their debuts in the National League.

Harry caught First Team manger Danny Cowley’s eye during a Reserve Team fixture and was invited to training with the First Team the following week.

Harry impressed the coaching staff and management over the last couple of weeks and has now been asked to sign First Team forms.

Harry added “I’m so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to show the first team manager Danny what I have to offer and have really enjoyed training with the lads. I’m grateful for the support I have received from the academy and everything they have done for me, I have learned so much in a small period of time and I am always learning. Ross McPherson and Jake Gilder always deliver challenging session and always take the time out to help improve all the players and me. I am really looking forward to the future here at Braintree Town FC”


FA Youth Cup

Sign-up for Academy Open Trials!

FA Youth Cup TogetherThe Braintree Town Academy will be hosting Open Trials for aspiring young footballers during the February half term.

The Academy Programme is based at Witham Town FC, with training held at the Discovery Centre Notley. The programme has run very successfully since September 2011 and is growing every year. The football college programme will also allow students to progress in their further education and leadership skills.

Next Trial:

Tuesday 16th February 2016

10am to 1pm

Discovery Centre
Great Notley
CM77 7FS

Trial Form


  • 2014/15 Season: 3 Academy players made their First team debuts for Braintree Town F.C. in the Vanarama National League with Joe Maybanks signing a two year contract
  • 2015/16 Season: 6 Academy players have signed first team forms for Braintree Town F.C. with Alfie Walker making his debut against Dover Athletic
  • 3 Academy players currently on loan to Ryman teams
  • 2 Players have represented Suffolk U18 squad
  • 2 Players currently on trial for their national team
  • Currently 3 ex-football college players employed as coaches for Braintree Town Academy


  • Links with Braintree Town F.C (The National League)  and Witham Town F.C (Ryman North)
  • A daily structured football programme with UEFA B Licensed coaches
  • A full range of fulltime educational courses including BTEC courses, ‘A’ levels and GCSEs
  • A competitive fixture schedule in local and national college league, under 21’s league and cup competitions


If you would like to attend our trial day, please complete the online Trial form

For further information please contact: Admin@braintreetownacademy.org.uk


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