Who we are

Eddie Davies Educational Trust and Bolton Wanderers Free School (16-19)

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Bolton Wanderers FC has been working with young people for several years delivering alternative education provision based on BTEC education delivered through sport.

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Bolton Wanderers Free School are funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA)


Our successful application to open the Free School in Bolton was based around the significant experience, expertise and inspirational vision we have acquired with local schools and colleges in order to expand and develop our existing programmes into a full time 16-19 year old learners from Bolton and surrounding towns provision for up to 400 students per annum.

The Eddie Davies Educational Trust (EDET) is a not for profit trust established to incorporate the newly formed Bolton Wanderers Free School.

Currently we are delivering education through BTEC and other vocational qualifications to students on site at the Macron Stadium utilising the stadium facilities for classroom based learning and the extensive professional academy facilities for sports.

We see the changing educational landscape as a huge opportunity to give young people more chances to succeed in education, develop a passion for life-long learning and improve the educational choices that are available to young people as they prepare for the ever changing world of work. Our experience has shown the power to engage students through sport, has a big influence on their ability to learn and develop not just in academic subjects but in their confidence and ability to enter employment. By working with local partners we have successfully transitioned students to further education opportunities or employment.

We offer an absorbing and satisfying approach to personal learning and improvement, with our framework programmes tailored by our teachers and trainers to each participant’s specific needs and goals. Our learning programmes develop social and rational abilities, using physical and technical activities to deliver traditionally difficult concepts such as strategic and reflective thinking, problem identification and solving, professionalism and judgement. The combination of the teaching curriculum and a concentration on personal development through ‘all-round professionalism’ has proved particularly beneficial to young people.

However, with a strong foundation in high level sport and education, our teachers and trainers recognise from personal experience that respect, humour and enjoyment remain critical to success when under pressure.

If you are aged 16-19 and what to join the Bolton Wanderers Free School Download an application form today.