16+ and Degree

Talented athletes can access first-class coaching and sports development at Bishop Burton College.

Applicants to the academy programme must demonstrate outstanding ability and show evidence of achievement or potential at regional or national level, but the overarching aim is to provide athletes with the best possible environment to achieve their academic and sporting goals.

We run men’s football academies at degree level (Senior Academy) and two Further Education academies (Elite Academy and Development Academy). The Elite Academy is in the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) Premier Division. This is the highest standard of college football in the country, while our Development Squad supports this playing in the England Colleges East Yorkshire League. Our Senior Academy plays in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues.

In women's football, we run a 16+ Academy playing in the English Colleges East Yorkshire League.

Entry Criteria

Football Pitch

All prospective academy players must have applied for a course at Bishop Burton to be eligible for selection. Sporting selection is undertaken through a
pre-season trial. Players for the Development Academy are expected to have played at a good standard at youth level and may have been involved in
representative sport.

Elite Academy players will have had regional or county honours, academy experience or have been playing at a high standard of youth or adult football.
Senior Academy players will have been playing at a high level of sport – equivalent to the College’s own Elite Academy, or had a scholarship at a professional club.

<p>6 high quality grass pitches and a 4g all weather pitch</p>

The Programme

Players in the academy system at Bishop Burton get a high quality programme balanced with their academic commitments. Players receive technical and tactical field sessions, strength and conditioning, video analysis, team meetings and various additional sessions to improve their knowledge and performance in the game.


Scholarships are available for high performing players applying for a place in the Senior Academy. Places are limited and rewarded to those achieving excellence within their sport.

Application forms are available through the College’s Head of Football, James Bennett. Players on a Further Education programme have the opportunity to purchase heavily subsidised gym membership and training kit to support their development.

How to Apply

Players can apply for any course at Bishop Burton College. During the application process, prospective players have the opportunity to indicate their interest in joining the academy. A member of the coaching team will be in touch once the application has been submitted.

Partnered with Hull City Tigers

Hull City Tigers

Bishop Burton College is proud to be associated with Hull City.