Education & Football Development Programme

The Education & Football Programme offers students aged 16-18 the opportunity to develop their football skills whilst building their knowledge of sport and furthering their education.

We have partnered with two colleges; Hopwood Hall College and University Centre in Manchester and St Martins School, Sixth Form in Caerphilly to provide this unique Diploma (1,2,3) in Sport which equates to a Pearson BTEC level (1,2 or 3) in Sport QCF. This also gives all participants the opportunity to head to University upon completion if desired or into employment.

This unique training programme which combines the Paris Saint-Germain Academy England with a diploma in sport is led by qualified, highly experienced and respected coaches.

Students are fully supported to reach their educational targets as well as developing as a footballer.

The Education

Hopwood Hall College provides high quality further education to school leavers. Their popular Football Academy was established in 2000 and has had huge success since, winning over 40 trophies both Internationally and locally! It has also produced a large amount of successful alumni!

The college has first class facilities . This includes a 3G pitch, award winning sports fields, weights room, gym and indoor training facilities

The programme focuses on the needs of students and helps them to progress with a combination of football training sessions, lectures and lessons throughout the academic year.

St Martin’s Sixth Form provides a wide range of A level and vocational BTEC courses for school leavers. Its extensive sporting facilties and sports clubs make it the perfect venue for the Football and Education programme in partnership with The Paris Saint-Germain Academy UK.

Examples of topics covered can be seen below.

The Football

The Paris Saint-Germain Academy UK aim to develop players of all abilities and bring the methodology of the Parisian club to the Academy at Hopwood Hall College and St Martin's Sixth Form. That includes both the Men’s Academy and Women’s Academy!

Fitness, health, wellbeing and nutrition are fundamental parts within the Academy and these will be key components to deliver to the students.

The training itself is developed by the Paris Saint-Germain technical staff and adapted to the position and level of each individual player. All players will learn to play the same way as the youth and first team in Paris.

Each player must purchase subsidised Paris Saint-Germain Academy UK kit bundle for classes, training and matches.

Further information will be given by your tutor upon acceptance onto the programme. Apply here for Hopwood Hall College

Apply here for St Martin’s Sixth Form

Programme Overview

September 2023


Pearsons BTEC Level 1 Diploma in Sport QCF: For Hopwood Hall College, there are no formal entry requirements needed to begin this course. However, if the required English and maths GCSE grades C/4 are not reached you will be required to study these subjects at college alongside this course. This is a government requirement.

For St Martin’s Sixth Form a minimum of a C grade at GCSE PE/IVQ Sport is required and strong commitment to school clubs as a player or a coach.

For requirements needed for level 2 and 3 please read more here.


Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
Sports coaching
Practical team sports
Sports nutrition
Psychology for sports performance
Fitness training and programming
Sport as a business
Sports and exercise massage
Anatomy and physiology for sport
Injury in sport

This programme is government funded.
You will not need to pay tuition fees but other costs may be applicable.

Join the Academy Whilst Studying

The Paris Saint-Germain Academy UK has partnered with Lord Grey Academy in Bletchley, Milton Keynes to develop and support their players during their time at the school.

All students of the sixth form at Lord Grey Academy will be given the opportunity to join The Paris Saint-Germain Academy UK whilst studying there. The programme is open to all abilities and will include:

-Football training sessions

– Strength and conditioning sessions

– Nutrition and wellbeing workshops

– Business workshops

– individual mentorship

Players will also get opportunities for work experience within the Academy, coaching development, and workshops with people in the industry. Read more about this partnership or contact us for more information.


The Education & Football Programme is currently being offered at:

 Hopwood Hall College and University Centre Rochdale Road, Middleton, Manchester, M24 6XH

St Martin’s Comprehensive School, Caerphilly – Hillside, Caerphilly CF83 1UW

You can also join the Paris Saint-Germain Academy UK whilst studying at sixth form at Lord Grey Academy, Rickley Lane, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EW 

Join the Academy NOW!

If you would like further information on the programme and partnership with Hopwood Hall College please visit here 

For information about the programme and partnership with St Martin’s Sixth Form please visit here

We look forward to welcoming you onto the Education & Football Programme!