The Stevenage Football Club Education & Development Programme (EDP) is for Year 11 and 12 aspiring footballers to enrol on the Programme which includes full time education in a professional football environment...
The coaching is delivered by UEFA qualified coaches who have Safeguarding accreditations and Enhanced DBS checks. All coaches have a vast amount of experience of coaching at elite levels alongside support staff including Goalkeeper coaching and physiotherapy/rehab for injured players. Further support includes individual development plans, video analysis and individualised gym programmes.
Alongside the coaching, the education side allows student to gain a BTEC Level 2 or 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport. The Level 3 BTEC is the equivalent of gaining up to 3 A Levels for a 2 year course whilst the BTEC Level 2 is over 3 years.
There is a strong emphasis on the importance of players completing the Level 2 or 3 BTEC to ensure they give themselves the best possible opportunities to leave the programme with a qualification and use this to go onto other aspects in their aspiring careers.
The education curriculum and qualifications are delivered by Virtual Learning UK, who provide and employ all teaching staff and work in partnership with Stevenage Football Club.