The Football Academy

We’ve joined forces with Leicester Road Football Club in Hinckley! Together we’ve designed an Academy for Sport students to improve their game alongside their studies.

What does it involve?

Alongside your Sport course you will take part in:

  • 1 x competitive match and 5 x elite training sessions per week during the season
  • 1 x elite training session at Leicester Road Football club per month
  • Football trials

Who can join?

You can apply for the academy if you are:

  • Currently on, or applying for, a Level 2 or Level 3 Sport course at the College
  • In an under 16’s Football Clubs in Hinckley, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Wigston, Blaby, Narborough & Lutterworth
  • Recently released from a professional academy
  • Currently registered with a Midland Junior Premier League U16 team
  • Currently registered with a Division 1 U16 team in the Leicester or Coventry Sunday League

Trial dates

Our trials take place at our Nuneaton Campus, Hinckley Road, CV11 6BH.

  • Saturday 11 May: 10:00am – 12.30pm
  • Saturday 18 May: 10:00am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 22 May: 7.00pm – 8.30pm

Contact us today to book your trial: enquiries@nwslc.ac.uk or call 0330 058 3000.


NWSLC Football Academy


Learn from the best…

Jose Ascensao, Head Coach at our Football Academy

After a career playing football for his home nation of Portugal, Jose moved to the UK and spent five years as a coach at Coventry City Football Club. An FA A-licenced coach, Jose trained alongside high-profile figures including Harry Redknapp and Steve McCLaren. He has worked with world class players including Gianfranco Zola and England manager, Gareth Southgate.

When Jose joined the College, he set up the first Football Academy of its type. Jose has is now engaged in a partnership with Leicester Road Football Club in Hinckley offering places to 15 students aged 16-19 and helping them to train for careers in professional football while continuing with their academic studies.