Coleraine FC set to offer first-class football academy

Coleraine FC has partnered with Football Management Company and North Coast Integrated College to provide a first class football academy.

The initiative is aimed at students who wish to pursue a career in football or the leisure industry. The unique two-year program is equivalent to three A-levels and combines specialist football coaching and education with expert first-class education.

The educational and practical elements of the course will be delivered at the Coleraine Showgrounds where students will benefit from the use of a state-of-the-art 4G surface and be taught by coaching professionals to help them develop and improve. in all aspects of the game.

The Tier Three course will also enhance career opportunities by gaining qualifications recognized by the Irish FA as part of their coach education pathway.

Speaking at the launch, Coleraine FC Chairman Colin McKendry said: “Hopefully we will attract some elite players who will take advantage of the programme. But it is also a fantastic opportunity for people who want to pursue a career in sports science because football is not necessarily synonymous with football; the industry has a much broader scope.

Angela Passmore, Principal of North Coast Integrated College, added: “It’s a really exciting program to be part of and we’re really happy with it.

One of the players who came through the ranks at Coleraine and recently broke into the first team is 17-year-old Patrick Kelly.

When asked about his thoughts on the opportunity, he said: “There was a lane there when I came, but there’s an even bigger lane now with the offer of football and sports. full-time education, so there’s a very good chance of breaking through.”

Players can register their interest in the course by visiting