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BTEC Programme

Working with West Thames College and a number of partner schools, we offer a unique football education programme for talented young footballers aged 16-18.

Our football and education programme enables students to study for a BTEC Level 3 sports diploma or A-Levels while enhancing their football skills. Along with a host of experienced coaches, former Brentford Player, Ryan Peters, coaches the students and mentors them on a career path in the sporting world.

So far, ten students have signed professional contracts with teams such as Leeds, Bournemouth, Stevenage and Brentford. Other students have signed semi-professional with clubs such as Maidenhead, CB Hounslow, Hendon or even embarked on 100% scholarships in America.

Join our post-16 education programme and kick start your career in the footballing world

Brentford FC Community Sports Trust is looking for talented young footballers to join our post-16 education programme. What does the course involve? Our post-16 football education programme combines studying for A-Levels or a  BTEC Level 3 sports diploma while enhancing your football skills with our experienced coaches. Students will take part in a rigorous training […]

Brentford player Ethan Pinnock takes part in online Q&A for budding young footballers

Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock offered his footballing wisdom to youngsters from our post-16 football education programme last week. The 26-year-old, who joined Brentford from Barnsley last summer, talked about the challenges of being a professional footballer and how to successfully overcome them. Seventeen-year-old Ivor, who is a student on our post-16 programme, said: “Ethan was […]

CEFA league over for our post-16 football education students

Students from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s Post-16 Education programme are among those to have their games cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The EFL confirmed at the start of the month that the Academy Games Programme for the 2019/20 season had been terminated. That included games in the Community and Education Football Alliance […]

Former Brentford player offers his pearls of wisdom to youngsters on our post-16 education programme

Former Brentford player Darius Charles offered his pearls of wisdom to budding young footballers on our post-16 education programme last week. The former Brentford defender, who now plays for League one club Wycombe Wanderers, hosted a frank and informative Q&A online for teenagers on the Trust’s post-16 education programme. Talking about the Q&A, Darius said: […]

Join our football education trials

We are looking for talented young footballers to join our education football trials at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub on Tuesday 18 February. To book your place, click here.   Working with Brentford FC, successful applicants will join our bespoke football programme while studying for a BTEC Level 3 sports diploma at West Thames College or […]

Following in the footsteps of Ellery Balcombe: Ben Grummit

Aged 13, Ben Grummit joined our Football Development Centre as an aspiring goalkeeper and believes the programme helped ignite his passion for football. Speaking about our football development sessions, he said: “Through attending the FDC programme, I now have the confidence to do many things with my footballing ability, and I’ve been given many chances […]

Call ups at our football education programme

Former BTEC student and Brentford goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe has just been called up into the England Under 21s squad. The nineteen-year-old, who was originally part of Brentford FC’s football education programme with West Thames College, joined Brentford FC’s B-Team setup in 2016 and joined the matchday squad the following season for Brentford’s Emirates FA Cup […]

Join our education football trials in August

We are looking for talented young footballers to join our education football trials at Northolt High School on Friday 30 August. To book your place, click here. Working with Brentford FC, successful applicants will join our bespoke football programme while studying for a BTEC Level 3 sports diploma at West Thames College or an A-Level […]

Watch the highlights from our CEFA Regional Cup Final at Griffin Park

Students from West Thames College took part in Community Education Football Alliance (CEFA) League Regional Cup Final at Griffin Park last week. The national league, which is run by the EFL, offers young players in a post-16 education pathway the opportunity to play in a highly competitive league amongst other club representative teams. The players […]

Students from West Thames College will play in prestigious Regional Cup Final at Griffin Park

Students from West Thames College have reached the Community Education Football Alliance (CEFA) league Regional Cup Final, which will take place on Friday 10 May at Griffin Park. The national league, which is run by the English Football League, offers young players in a post-16 education pathway the opportunity to play in a highly competitive […]

Young Brentford footballer nominated as CEFA Player of the Year at the prestigious EFL Awards

Jason Evans, 17, has been shortlisted as CEFA player for the Community Education Football Alliance (CEFA) league at the prestigious English Football League Awards. The youngster, who is part of Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s football BTEC programme with West Thames College, was recognised for his footballing talent in the newly formed league. Jason is […]

Brentford’s fixture against Bolton earmarked as a Christmas Community Match

Brentford’s fixture against Bolton on Saturday has been earmarked as a Christmas Community Match. The game, which will see more than 600 tickets given to 11 community projects, is part of the championship’s club ongoing commitment to community initiatives. In partnership with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, participants from the Trust’s health, education and disability […]

Recipe for success: how food is helping young people connect with the elderly on our National Citizens Service project

Students from our BTEC programme took part in a unique cooking lesson with Age UK on Monday. The boys, who are completing their Football and Education BTEC programme at West Thames College in partnership with the Trust, swapped footballs for cutlery as they cooked a meal for elderly residents at Brooklands College in Weybridge. The […]

EFL Community and Education Football Alliance launches

The EFL Community & Education Football Alliance (CEFA) launches today, with Brentford hosting Southampton as the new competition gets underway. CEFA is a new football competition consisting of teams represented by EFL Club Community Organisations competing in regional leagues up and down the country. They are joined by a number of teams from Premier League […]

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