BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Football Performance and Excellence

We are pleased to introduce a Level 3 in Sport with a Performance and Excellence route that focuses on Football. It is an exciting opportunity for local 16-18 year olds to continue their education, whilst developing their footballing ability and having the opportunity to feel what it’s like to represent Bolton Wanderers.

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Throughout the ‘Football Performance and Excellence’ course, all taught content will be delivered with the primary focus on linking the curriculum to football scenarios and aiding players understanding of how to optimise performance on the pitch.These sessions are enhanced by regular visits and contributions from current first team players who can answer questions and provide their insight.

Classroom content will investigate how the body works, its adaptations to training, designing of fitness programmes and the influence of fitness testing, as well as how the mind impacts a player’s performance. Alongside this, players will expand their knowledge of the rules and regulations of the game, the key technical and tactical features, how to provide an in-depth analysis of performance and how lifestyle choices can have positive and detrimental effects. Furthermore, players will learn how to deliver effective coaching sessions, whilst also being supported to gain FA Coaching Badges.


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Alongside the classroom time, training sessions will be included in the players’ timetable which link their theoretical knowledge to a practical setting, whilst developing their playing ability. Three 1.5 hour sessions will take place each week at Bolton Wanderers Lostock training ground. A professional environment, with outstanding playing facilities, will allow ‘Football Performance and Excellence’ players to train alongside the First and Academy teams!
These sessions will look to replicate the experience the Club’s scholars are receiving as they are prepared for match days through technical, tactical, physical and social development via a series of conditioned practice games.

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Matches are played each week with ‘Football Performance and Excellence’ players arriving in their course tracksuit before playing the match wearing the full Bolton Wanderers kit.

We currently have two football teams that are entered in the North West Colleges League and the Bolton Schools League. Whilst home matches are played on the state of the art facilities at Lostock Training Ground, away matches involve road trips across the North West. Throughout the year, players will also be given the unique opportunity to play in prestigious friendlies against teams from across the globe! Before finishing the year with an intrasquad match on the Macron Stadium.

If you are interested please come down to BWFS during enrolment 25th,26th,30th of August 2016 (for 2016 intake), or come along to one of our Open Evenings (dates to be posted shortly) for 2017 enrolment.

Entry Requirements
Aged 16 to 18
4 GCSE’s at C or above including English and Maths (Level 4 required for Maths and English)
Equivalent to 3 A-Levels
Playing with a football team regularly or with regular team playing experience

Classrooms overlooking Macron Stadium pitch
4.5 hours of training and weekly fixtures