Sports Academy

Student Life

Leeds City College Academy for Sport has been in existence since September 2003. Since this time we have developed Academies in football, rugby league, basketball, aquatics and golf. We now boast fantastic partnerships with professional and elite clubs including Leeds Rhinos, Leeds United FC, and Farsley Celtic FC.

Football Academy

The College Football Academy works closely with partners to provide exit routes onto USA Scholarships or preparing players for professional clubs and university. UEFA and Academy coaches will work with players three times a week, utilising the support of performance analysis, strength and conditioning and nutrition.


The College Football Academy runs in partnership with Farsley Celtic FC. We have four men’s teams that produce players for the reserve and first team at the club.

The Farsley FC Academy U19 Team play in the Conference Youth Alliance League, which is the highest college football league in the country.


Our women’s first team also compete at the highest level in the English Colleges FA Premier League - Category 1, whilst the second team compete in the Yorkshire West B League.

Interested in our Football Academy? Sign up for more information here.

Collegiate Soccer USA Partnership

Collegiate Soccer USA, the number one source for US football scholarships, and Leeds City College have teamed up to provide our students a scholarship to play and study in America. Collegiate Soccer USA, with our help, prepare student athletes academically, physically and mentally for US college games. You're in good hands with Collegiate Soccer USA and on-track to succeed as they have over a 90% success rate. 

Find out more about Collegiate Soccer USA here.

Primal Gym Partnership

The aim of this partnership is to give our students the opportunity to work with an industry leading gym in the city where you can gain CPD and work experience in a state of the art, fully running gym facility. Our partnership includes:

- Reduced gym rates for sport students
- Practical workshop sessions at Primal Gym
- Placement opportunities for our learners at Primal Gyms and Primal's OutFIT bootcamp sites. 
- Advice at Open Days to potential students.

Cricket Academy with ProCoach

Pro Coach Yorkshire are the official coaching company for the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, and work with our Cricket Centre of Excellence at College. This is an opportunity to combine your studies and train like a professional cricketer at Headingley stadium and develop your game under the watchful eye of international county coaches and players.

Rugby Academy with Leeds Rhinos

The partnership between Leeds City College and Leeds Rhinos has given young players a different pathway to progressing to a professional club. The college team is coached by Leeds Rhinos Academy coaches and training is based at the Leeds Rhinos Training Facilities, including Headingley Stadium.

The Rhinos also help us by providing talks and careers advice to our young students through the medium of rugby league.

Golf Academy

Leeds City College has set up a Golf Academy to help teach the next wave of the region’s aspiring professional golfers after agreeing to introduce a new Elite Student Golf Programme. Students who elect to take part in the programme will take full advantage of state of the art facilities and receive coaching and tuition from fully qualified staff within the golfing industry.

Click here to view our Sport courses.

For information on all Sports Academies, please contact:
Anthony Gallagher
t: 07718 632 478