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Level: N/A

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy programme gives aspiring young cricketers and cricket coaches the opportunity to develop their cricket and coaching skills while studying academic qualifications in Sport to enhance their career prospects.
The College’s partnerships with Activate Sport, the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy and local cricket clubs enable students to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches, which enhances the sport-focussed curriculum.
Candidates will look to develop as cricket coaches - not just players - in order to find employment in cricket development on successful completion of the programme.
The Academy is open to Level 2 and Level 3 students, dependent on their entry qualifications and suitability.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in cricket and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting and coaching performance.

Entry to the Level 3 Sport qualification requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at level 9-4 (A*- C) grades including English and Maths.

It is also possible to study at Level 2 and re-sit one GCSE in Maths or English while at the Academy.

Course Content

The Academy includes:
  • A dedicated training calendar
  • Access to AoC Sport cricket competitions
  • A comprehensive competitions programme
  • Technical and tactical coaching
  • Psychological, physiological and lifestyle management
  • Strength and conditioning support

The course will follow the content for the Sport Coaching study programme. Poor performance on the academic part of the course will result in you being removed from the Academy.

The Academy cricket training will be held over three days per week. You will be expected to attend every training session as well as every academic lesson. Access to GCSE resits will be prioritised over your access to training.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment on the study programme will be continuous over the year. Assessment methods will vary depending on the subjects delivered. See the Level 3 Sports Coaching and Level 2 Developing Careers in Sport pages for further details.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Students are expected to purchase a uniform to wear at College and for practical sessions. Kit costs and mandatory contributions towards the end-of-year celebration event and trips and speakers come to £100. Students will have free gym membership for the academic year once this payment has been received. ID cards should be worn at all times with the exception of practical sessions.The cost is non-refundable once the items are ordered or if you withdraw from the course.

There may be additional events during the year to which you are expected to contribute. Financial assistance is available depending on your individual circumstances.

You will be expected to have your own pads, helmet and bat. An Academy kit will need to be purchased in agreement with AFCA providers: this is around £50.

For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching or to seek employment within the sport and leisure sector, notably with the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy or Activate Sport.

For students on Level 2 programmes, progression to Level 3 is dependent on your successful achievement of any GCSE resits taken, attendance and course achievements.


This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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E. Wheeldon-Jones

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Former sports student Ellie prepares for coaching trip to Australia

Sports coach Ellie Wheeldon-Jones is planning to go to Australia to teach swimming after successfully completing a foundation degree course in sports coaching at Derby College. Ellie, who has always been sporty, would like to travel and take a break from studying before deciding whether or not to take a third-year top up degree course. Like her sister Sophie, who is now a personal trainer, and her boyfriend Mykylo, a semi-professional cricketer, Ellie initially took the BTEC sports sciences course at Derby College after leaving school following GCSEs.She then went on to take her foundation degree at Broomfield Hall and is currently working as a children's swimming coach as well as teaching tampolining to adults.

Ellie said: "One of the best things about the foundation degree course was the amount of one-to-one attention you receive. Our groups were small so the lecturers had more time to dedicate to you. It was hard work but I enjoyed it and felt very comfortable at Broomfield."
Ellie has participated in many sports including gymnastics, athletics and running during and since her schooldays. She has also swum at county level.

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