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Elite Football Programme

If selected for our Elite Football Programme, you can be assured of the best levels of football training and access to our BTEC Sports courses, combined with a personalised approach to your wider education. The scheme is unique to Milton Abbey School and is delivered in conjuction with FA-accredited coaches from Champion Sports Group, who run an academy on-site.

We accept applications from talented footballers who will be aged between 13 and 16 when joining the school. Selection will be based on footballing skills and potential, with ability-based scholarships and means-tested bursaries available. It is available to UK and International boarding students, plus local day pupils who are able to attend additional evening and weekend training sessions.

We offer:
  • A full programme covering your education, football and core fitness training, mental and tactical sports development, and competitive fixtures
  • Study for sports qualifications, plus other core subjects, to ensure you have a rounded education
  • Play and train up to six times a week - including in school sports sessions, elite academy training, and competitive matches for the school and academy
  • We will help prepare you with the mental, strategic and financial tools you need as a professional athlete
  • Train and study in an inspiring and safe countryside setting, with a huge range of other extra-curricular and social activities available at the school
Our facilities include:
  • Outstanding grass pitches, regularly inspected and superbly maintained by our grounds team
  • An all-weather multi-use pitch and indoor sports hall is also available for training sessions
  • Access to our conditioning gym, private swimming pool, on-site golf course and cycling studio to help maintain your overall fitness
  • Full-time on-site medical staff and a private Health Centre on the school grounds
If selected, you will be able to join the Champion Sports Academy and benefit from:
  • Additional on-site evening and weekend training sessions with FA-accredited coaches
  • Their track record of developing top-flight players, with more than 90 academy players having been signed to professional and international teams
  • Tactical and mental development from coaches who have worked with Premier League teams
  • Their coaches' personal knowledge of, and contacts in, professional footballing
  • Play in European tournaments if you are selected for the academy's top teams, helping to defend their recent victories in Spain and the Netherlands
Our wider approach to football

Our focus will be on developing you into an exceptional football player. However, we are also proud of the other football activities that take place at the school:
  • The whole school takes part in friendly indoor and outdoor five-a-side competitions
  • During school holidays when students are away, we host residential courses for adults who are studying for their FA Level 2 qualification in Football Coaching
  • Premier League and international teams use Milton Abbey for residential summer schools and pre-season training
For more information or to apply for the programme, contact the Admissions Office.