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 A*- C grades (including English and Maths).
It is also possible to study at Level 2 and re-sit your GCSE in Maths or English while at the Academy.
The course will follow the content for the Sport Coaching and Development 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.
Assessment on the study programme will be continuous over the year. Assessment methods will vary depending on the subjects delivered. See the Sports Coaching and Development pages for further details.
You are expected to purchase a uniform to wear at College and for practical sessions. Kit costs will vary depending on the items purchased: the cost is non-refundable once the items are ordered. You are also asked to contribute towards the end-of-year celebration event and yearly gym membership. Total costs are approximately £130.
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 may need to be purchased in agreement with AFCA providers.
For applicants from outside the region or who travel over distance, the College has residential accommodation if required.
On successful completion of the course, learners 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 learners studying on Level 2 programmes, progression to Level 3 is dependent on your successful achievement of any GCSE resits taken, attendance and course achievements.
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.