Looking for a future in sport? Find out more about our football & education programme based at Scarborough Athletic’s Flamingo Land Stadium.
The Scarborough Football Scholarship was formed in 2013. The idea behind the Scholarship was to give young local people a fresh approach to education…one where students could reach their potential in education while working on improving in an area that they love – football.
By summer 2015 we had outgrown our then base at Scarborough Cricket Club and were in need of a new home. This is when we moved to the University Campus on Filey Road. Here we had use of university-standard classrooms, Scarborough’s only 3G pitch at the time and all the other great assets that come with a university.
During our second year at the university we launched our Girls Scholarship, which is still going strong today. This was the first of its kind in the area and a full girls team would train on their own 10 hours a week while studying the same BTEC course as the male students.
After two years at the university an unmissable opportunity was presented to us. We were able to move to Scarborough’s brand new football stadium and conduct classes and training sessions from the ground. This coincided with the launch of our BTEC Level 2 course which gives students who haven’t enough grades for the Level 3 course an entrance route on to The Scholarship.
Since the launch of the Scholarship we have seen students go on to study at some top universities, get paid to coach abroad, play at semi-professional level and have had many more success stories. All this while still maintaining the same aim of educating students to their full potential and improving on something that they love.
We have also linked up to Scarborough Athletic Football Club. SAFC play in the BetVictor Premier League. Our role is to bridge the gap between first team football and the junior section. We are delighted to be able to offer a pathway for our players into the upper echelons of non-league football and local players playing for their local team is pone of our main aims of the programme.
Over the past year we have had a number of players that have gone on through the Under-19 section, which is run by our coaches Denny Ingram and Ryan Blott.
They have featured in first team games for both Scarborough Athletic and Pickering Town.