Guisborough Town Elite Academy

The academy gives us an opportunity to have a greater community presence, and support students within Guisborough and the surrounding areas with their ambitions both with their academic studies and footballing goals’

James CoppingerClub Ambassador

// Study the BTEC Diploma in Sport at Prior Pursglove College, alongside playing for Guisborough Town Football Club

// Work with our UEFA Qualified Coaches for bespoke training sessions and matchdays

// Undertake match analysis sessions with your teammates to work on strengths and weaknesses collectively and individually

// Access to advice and guidance on how to maximize your performance through the correct diet, rest and recovery strategies alongside an individual strength and conditioning programme

// Free access to gym and swim facilities provided by Everyone Active

The facilities at Prior Pursglove College are some of the best in the area, and their friendly, welcoming and relaxed campus helps students love their experience.

With lots of social space to meet with friends,the campus is just a 2 minute walk away from Guisborough town centre.

Some of the facilities include:

// Over 600 computers across the campus and superfast wi-fi to support learning online

// A modern gym, with state of the art equipment and training programmes

// Bright, airy break out spaces for quiet learning and revision

// Exceptional social space, including clean, comfortable dining areas with shops on site

Prior Pursglove College is excited about the prospect of working in partnership with Guisborough Town FC to support talented footballers to pursue their passion alongside academic study. The BTEC Diploma in sport is equivalent to two A levels and will compliment the training delivered as part of the Elite Academy. This new venture increases the variety of options and we offer to young people at post 16 in Redcar and Cleveland

Joanna BaileyChief Executive Officer, Tees Valley Collaborative Trust

The BTEC Diploma in sport covers units such as:

// Anatomy and Physiology

// Practical Sports Performance

// Fitness Testing and Programming

// Sports Psychology

// Skill acquisition

// Sports Leadership

There will be various opportunities to practice and develop with each topic at both Prior Pursglove College, and also within Guisborough Town FC.

At Guisborough Town FC, our primary aim is to ensure positive exit routes for students upon completion of their time at the Elite Academy.

Our staff will work alongside the college tutor to create an individual plan for each leaver, making sure they continue their development and maximise their potential.

Some of the exit routes upon leaving the Elite Academy include:


// University application

// USA Scholarships

// Further education relevant courses


// Progression into part/full time work in the sports industry

// Voluntary opportunities at Guisborough Town FC

// Support with C.V. application and interview preparation


// Progression into men’s first team squad as a semi professional or moving higher as a professional dependant on ability

For more information or to apply complete the form below or visit the Prior Pursglove College Football Academy page.

    GTEA Enquiry Form

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