The Player Care Programme
Opportunities that make the heart beat faster!
"Big results require big ambitions"
Our player care programme starts at 16 and has two phases.
1. Youth phase [U18]
2. Professional Development Phase [18+]
The Youth phase is under 18 football and provides a wealth of opportunity to players leaving school and following their release from the professional game.
The Professional Development Phase is centred around players who may have been released as first or second years professionals or have graduated from our youth phase and wish to make the step up.
Throughout the time a player is with us the primary focus is to provide a first class education, outstanding opportunities through our professional club games programme, fantastic coaching and a pathway back into the eco-system of the professional game and working world.
In the professional development phase, players study the fantastic Athlete Professional development Programme, train full time, live onsite at the University of Derby and take part in a games programme that supports their personal development and provides outstanding exposure.
Both phases are located at the University of Derby & St George's Park National Football Centre.
The Player Care Programme is a programme which at youth phase level [16-18] enables players released from professional clubs the best of both worlds meaning they play and are often educated within a club environment local to their home [Not ProChance] and have the opportunity to take part in our training camps, access our support network and travel the UK to play in showcase games versus professional clubs gaining valuable experience and exposure. This phase does not involve any form of education.
Professional Development Phase
18+ Full time training and games programme
The Professional Development Phase is centred around players who may have been released as first or second year professionals or have graduated from our youth phase and wish to make the step up.access.
The programme in this phase is full time, accommodation is available and has a full time training and games programme at a professional level.
Players have access to our support network and travel the UK/Eire & Scotland to play in showcase games versus professional clubs gaining valuable experience and exposure.
Players study through our partnership with the University of Derby and it isn't a normal, run of the mill study programme. The Athlete Professional Development course is a
[Photo: James Pradic | Wales International and recently signed a 3 year professional contract at Preston North End]
This programme builds on our experience of working with aspiring athletes, and aims to provide a flexible learning environment targeted towards holistic life development, in addition to elite performance.