Institute of Sports Performance

Stoke on Trent College launched a brand new Institute of Sports Performance in September 2016, and it has continued to go from strength to strength.

The IoSP is available to every student in the college, not just sports students, and is based within the fantastic sports facilities at the College which include:

  • Sports Therapy Room
  • Elite Level Sports Science Laboratory
  • Fitness Suite with resistance, free weight and strength and conditioning areas
  • Full size sports hall
  • Dedicated sports teaching facilities

The Institute of Sports Performance is a core part of the college’s drive to become 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, Stoke City FC, Port Vale FC, TASS and Wasps Netball.

The Institute of Sports Performance was 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 is a wide variety of programmes offered aimed at the following areas:

  • Supporting elite college athletes
  • Sports Academies and competitive inter-college sport.
  • A coach and short course education programme
  • Sport and Fitness Apprenticeship opportunities

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 PVFC Football Development Academy is designed to allow students to study what they want whilst training and competing within a professional football club environment. Progression opportunities can be going onto studying at university or working within a professional football environment.
The Academy will appeal to high standard players who are looking to develop into at least semi-professional players, and work within the football industry as a career.
Places on this Academy programme will be allocated through a trial system with a limited number of places available each year.
The Academy will play its game on a Wednesday afternoon in the National Football Youth League against other football league clubs.
As with all academies at the college students will have access to all the support services such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and game analysis provided by the college and club.

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 2018.

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

Stoke on Trent College’s Institute of Sports Performance is leading the way with supporting talented athletes in education in England, having been accredited by an innovative new Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) initiative. The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) provides the opportunity for young athletes to get the very best out of their academic and sporting ability, without having to make the hard decision between the two.

TASS currently provides support to over 400 athletes in more than 30 different sports. The athletes are nominated by their national governing body (NGB) and identified as performing at the top of the Sport England Talent Pathway within their sport.

What is the Dual Career Accreditation Scheme?

The Sport England-funded Scheme believes that every young person on a talent pathway should have the opportunity to gain qualifications alongside their sporting pursuits and have the chance to follow other interests and personal development.

And by formally recognising an institution’s commitment to supporting student-athletes, the TASS Dual Career Accreditation Scheme aims to allow athletes to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.

Benefits of the Dual Career Accreditation Scheme

As a Dual Career Accredited Centre, Stoke College will be an important extension of the network of universities that already partner with TASS, delivering core support services to more than 400 student-athletes each year.

These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology strength and conditioning and a private medical scheme.

While some of the existing services delivered focus solely on developing the young person’s sporting performance, a dual career support structure and academic flexibility policies will be central to the help available to athletes based at an Accredited Centre.

A designated Dual Career Coordinator will complete the Talented Athlete Support in Transitions and Education (TASTE) course, equipping them with the skills to practice a dual career approach.

Additionally, all Dual Career Accredited Centres receive a toolkit of resources to help provide practical dual career support and bring together all parties who work with the athlete.

For student-athletes, the academic flexibility policies may mean they have the opportunity to access online notes or resources, have a choice of assignments, are able to arrange catch up sessions with lecturers, or even reschedule deadlines or exam dates in exceptional circumstances.

How do I get on this programme?

In order to gain a place on the TASS Dual Accreditation Scheme you will need to apply once enrolled at Stoke-on-Trent College on any academic course. Interviews will then be conducted and decisions made by a panel of highly recognised athletes and administrators within sport.

If you would like anymore information, or would like to apply before you join the college then contact Trevor Humphreys, Institute of Sports Performance Manager on or 07786113907.


Contact our Institute of Sports Performance Manager

Tel: 01782 208208


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