Institute of Sports Performance

The Institute of Sports Performance is available to every student in the college, not just sports students, and is based within the fantastic sports facilities at the college which includes:

  • Sports Therapy Rooming
  • Sports Science Laboratory
  • Fitness Suite with resistance, free weight and strength and conditioning areas
  • Full size sports hall x 2
  • Dedicated sports teaching facilities

The new Institute of Sports Performance is a core part of the college’s new commitment to being one of the top sports institutions within the region, and will be working very closely with partners such as Staffordshire Universities TEAM:STAFFS Elite programme, and the European City of Sport Team, alongside key commercial partners My Protein and Under Armour.

The Institute of Sports Performance has been established to ensure that all students have the opportunity to be a success in their sport, whether it is competing, volunteering, coaching or just trying to keep fit and active.

There will be a wide variety of programmes offered which are aimed at the following areas:

  • Supporting elite college athletes
  • Sports Academies and competitive inter-college sport.
  • A coach and short course education programme
  • Intra-mural sport and physical activity within the college.  New opportunities will be continually developed and many are run in conjunction with local and national partners

If you want to continue to compete within an elite environment, need high level advice and support or just want to play sport and get fit and active, Stoke on Trent College’s new Institute of Sports Performance is the place for you.

The Stoke on Trent College Basketball Academy will suit you if you want flexibility in the type of course you study – for example you could train in early years, health and social care, sport or art and design. This academy is open to 16-19 year old male and female students. As a member of the Stoke on Trent College Basketball Academy, you will receive professional coaching by experienced and highly qualified coaches. You’ll take part in 4 practical coaching sessions a week  (10 hours in total) to fit around your timetable, as well as having the chance to play regular competitive fixtures in the Association of Sport (AOC Sport) West Midlands regional leagues and cups.

Sports massage, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning support will also be available to all players.

The Elite Football Academy is designed to allow students to study what they want whilst still training and competing at a high level.  The Academy involves approximately 6 hours a week dedicated daily football training sessions at fantastic training facilities.  The squads will play competitive games as part of the programme within AOC Sport leagues at local semi-professional football club grounds.

The Elite Football Academy has been created to allow players of all abilities to develop their footballing ability and become more all-rounded human beings; striving to go above and beyond the football pitch to help young players/people achieve success in their lives.  Nothing is impossible!

The Elite Football Academy delivers a high quality and innovative coaching programme that focuses on developing technically and tactically competent players within a respectful, hard-working and highly enjoyable environment.

Creative, offensive football is our mantra, with players exposed to a specific technical/tactical style as opposed to developing within a formation.

All Elite Football Academy players are part of a special footballing institution, which possesses an environment where players are respected and looked after like no other institution of its kind…it’s more than just a college or club!

Did you know…the College is now an English College’s FA College Football Hub which means we have extra funding to further develop our Football Academy.

Stoke on Trent College and Wasps Netball Club have been working together to create a partnership surrounding the development of a Wasps Netball Academy programme based at the College in partnership with Staffordshire University.

We can now announce that this work has been completed and the Wasps Netball Academy, based at Stoke on Trent College and Staffordshire University is being launched for September 2017.

The Wasps Netball Academy is available to all students studying any course at Stoke on Trent College aged 16-21 years old and will feature the following:

  • 3 training sessions per week
  • Competitive games on a Wednesday afternoon
  • Strength and Conditioning support
  • Physiotherapy support
  • Training and support sessions ran by Tamsin Greenway, and Wasps players throughout the academic year
  • Visits to Wasps 1st team training and games
  • Wasps training and playing gear

The Elite Athlete Scholarship Programme (EASP) is a support network designed to allow talented athletes/sports people to continue with their academic studies, whilst training and competing to the highest level. The ESAP is open to any student that has represented the county or above in a chosen sport within the last academic year.

Any student that becomes part of the EASP can expect to receive the following benefits:

  • Financial support from the college for training costs, transport and essential equipment (subject to applications).
  • Free use of the college sports facilities such as the fitness suite and dance studio.
  • University workshops at institutions such as Bath, Loughborough and Birmingham that are targeted at increasing students sports performance.
  • Strength and conditioning coaching.
  • Support from a fully qualified Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Sports rehabilitation which can be booked on a daily basis.

Also as part of this programme students will be eligible for the following benefits through a partnership with Staffordshire Universities TEAM:STAFFS Elite programme:

  • Access to 5 sports workshops that cover things such as nutrition, sports psychology, sports physiology and injury prevention.
  • Free access to all the facilities within the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre (off peak hours)
  • Possible extra support through fully qualified sports science staff based within the university.



The only form of small sided football that is officially recognised by UEFA & FIFA.

PORT VALE FC are offering you a unique opportunity to develop Tactical, Technical, Physiology & Social skills with their Scholarship programme. Study towards a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (worth up to three A-Levels) whilst receiving regular Futsal coaching.

This opportunity will open the door to University courses and careers in the Sports Industry.

 To find out more please contact the Port Vale FC Foundation

Tel: 01782 757066


Stoke on Trent College are working with Port Vale FC to create a new ladies football academy programme for September 2017. The academy will be based at both Vale Park and the Cauldon Campus of Stoke on Trent College, and students can choose any study programme whilst playing for the academy.

The Port Vale FC Academy is open to all students who study at Stoke on Trent College and training will take place in the week. Games are played on Wednesday afternoons for the College under the guidance and name of Port Vale FC.

You can study any course at Stoke on Trent College, and you can play and train for your existing club in the evenings and weekends, in fact we highly recommend it!


 To find out more please contact the Port Vale FC Foundation

Tel: 01782 757066


FUTSAL ACADEMY – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Learn, train, play & work

Study with Stoke City Community Trust in 2017/18! 

Stoke City Community Trust’s BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport is a two-year course suitable for post-16 males of all playing abilities who have a keen interest in developing an insight into the practicalities within the sport industry.

Based inside the BET365 stadium and Cauldon Campus of Stoke on Trent College, students will study in purpose-built classrooms and facilities, creating a perfect learning environment to thrive within.

Alongside the academic studies, where a number of sports related units will be covered, students will train and play on a weekly basis, representing Stoke City Football Club against other professional clubs in competitive fixtures, aiding the courses uniqueness.

Extra-curricular activities are also embedded within the Level 3 Diploma course assisting students in developing friendships amongst peers, enhancing social and personal skills, while giving them the chance to conduct purposeful work in the local community.

National and international tours are also an integral part of the course. The Trust provides opportunities for students to visit world-famous stadia.

The Trust are extremely committed to enhancing students’ employability skills, which is why student who enrol on to this course have access to valuable work experience in community or academy projects. This opportunity allows students to enhance their delivery and CV accordingly, which can assist them in getting a head start in their career path.

For further information on the course please email


Contact Trevor Humphreys
Institute of Sports Performance Manager

Tel: 01782 603647 or 07761 061248

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