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Sports Academies

Middlesbrough College has a range of specialist Sport Academies to help students reach their full potential.

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Students aged between 16-19 who are enrolled on a full-time course have the chance to join a sporting academy alongside their studies.

Each academy offers specialist coaching to develop sporting excellence, nurture talent and aid personal development. Launched in 2012 and growing from strength to strength, there are now 8 academies to choose from.

Our team of highly-qualified coaches within the academies include ex-professional players as well as national-level coaches. These coaches have all played or coached at the top level in the UK and/or abroad, and can pass their skills and experiences on to students. Not only that, by belonging to a Sports Academy, learners will improve their chances of progressing to an elite sports institution in the UK or in the USA.

We are dual career accredited with TASSTASS is an athlete support programme to help talented athletes with balancing the demands of their sport and studies to be the best in both.

COMING SOON in 2024/25: Rugby Academy in association with Middlesbrough Rugby Club

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We are TASS Dual Career Accredited

TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is an athletic support programme, which helps talented athletes to balance their sport and studies, with the goal of them being able to reach their potential in both. The programme is open to all elite athletes on any course at Middlesbrough College, not just Sports and Leisure courses. For more information, contact the Sports Admin Team on 01642 333772 or

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FAQs about Sports Academies

Browse our wide-range of Sport & Recreation Courses

Want to turn your passion for the sports industry into a career? If you’re an active person who enjoys participating in practical sessions whilst getting a qualification then this could be the industry for you.

Middlesbrough College boasts the likes of a 3G Astroturf pitch, a strength and conditioning suite and a physiology lab, where you can expect support from specialist tutors and coaches, many of which are ex-professionals in their field.

From personal training to instructing exercise and fitness, find out more about the Sports & Recreation courses we offer.

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