About Our Academy

The Mickleover Sports Academy is a full time education and football programme for 16-18 year olds that has been running since 2014 with our partners, the NPL Football Academy.

The NPL Football Academy in conjunction with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League is the first in English football to launch an FA sanctioned youth league combining football with further education.

An initial pilot programme that began in 2014/15 saw students aged 16-18 at five clubs – Leek Town, Mickleover Sports, Newcastle Town, Radcliffe Borough and Romulus – study for a BTEC in Sport at Level 2 and Level 3, accompanied by a bespoke football programme which involves working with UEFA licensed football coaches on a daily basis and competing in the NPL Football Academy League and national cup competitions led by the FA Youth Cup.

Sports were the first inaugural winners of the NPL Football Academy League in 2014/15 and due to the success of the programme it expanded to 10 teams for season 2015/16. That wasn’t the only expansion as Sports Academy became the first NPL club to have two cohorts of 40+ students and more success on the pitch followed with the older students retaining their title over local rivals Belper Town and Matlock Town.

Under the current management team of first team manager John Mcgrath and first team star Andy Dales, as of August 2016 there has been four first team graduates, with Lewis Belgrave becoming the first graduate in October 2015 followed by Kieran Cronin, Jack Tolley and Tyron Buxton with many more signing first team forms since.

With many opportunities to progress from an educational view such as university, apprenticeships and scholarships in America and the football pathways into first team football at semi-professional level there is no better place to choose for your next step when you leave school than the Mickleover Sports Academy and the NPL Football Academy.

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