Cefn Druids FC has begun a new, outstanding and unique learning opportunity and environment for students or any young person aged 16-19 who has a passion for sport and especially football.

Students on our BTEC course will receive a first class education along with competitive football training and matches that suits their ability, in a professional environment. We pride ourselves on developing both the student and the player/athlete. This is evident from the success of our academy players who are progressing into Semi Professional and Professional Football along with players progressing in their education to University, apprenticeships and employment. A number of our current first team and EDS players have begun their studies on our courses and the list continues to grow!

Our BTEC and degree courses are supported in achieving its goals by creating a truly unique learning environment for its students, custom designed and executed taking inspiration from elite environments across both Football and Education. With a dedicated match analysis suite/lecture theatre and boardroom, our students will be inspired to maximise their potential across both fields.

Our Courses
We offer two courses:
Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Sport
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sports Coaching & Development (2019) (Equivalent to 3 A levels)*
*All assessments are coursework based

Internal Pathway to The Football University Programme
HNC in Sports and Exercise Science (Coaching Science) (1 Year)
HND in Sports and Exercise Science (Coaching Science) (1 Year)
BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching (Top up)

Opportunities for further qualifications:
FA Level 1 in Football Coaching
FA Level 2 in Football Coaching
FA Refereeing courses
FA Talent ID Level 1
FA Talent ID Level 2
Become accredited to UK Strength and Conditioning Association
Work Experience opportunities in various fields of Sport.

Performance Analysis – As a student at Cefn Druids FC you are provided with opportunities to develop your skills in performance analysis. This involves operating on a number of platforms such as; iMovie /Microsoft Powerpoint & Excel / InStat and PlayerTek. In addition to gaining this knowledge you are given access to our professional and semi-professional team where you can put your new skills to use.

How Are Courses Delivered?
Courses are delivered by fully qualified staff across both Education and Footballing (UEFA) environments. Both Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications are delivered in the centre of Chester. However, rather than using a paper based system students work on laptops (provided by Cefn Druids FC) and through a revolutionary platform, designed and developed to assist the needs of the students. This system also ensures student success is safeguarded should a pandemic incident occur again in the future.

Students are provided with various learning environments where they can enhance their knowledge and skills. For example, presentations, group discussions, peer working and independent study are all fundamental to learning in both Education and Football.

In addition to academic delivery, EVERY student undertakes 6 hours per week of Professional Football coaching/training and competes within a competitive league system at varying levels. The Player Pathway Programme (PPP) which is overseen by our Technical Director ensures that every player can access opportunities to progress at various levels of the game should their ability warrant it.

COVID Information
Due to our state of-the-art learning technology (The Sports Brain) utilised by our teaching staff we can transfer to a virtual online/live stream delivery model at the flick of the switch. This has enabled us to safeguard the success and retention of all our students during lockdown as well as provide peace of mind for all new students and parents into the future. In addition, this technology incorporated practical/physical delivery ensuring the fitness and mental health of all our student athletes.

To sign up to one of our courses and for more information, contact us at

More than just a football club.