Sports Academies

We provide world-class coaching, high-performance facilities and expert sports-science support alongside academic and vocational programmes.

If you live and breathe sports, love to mastermind victories or train others to excel, you need to be able to learn by doing.

There will be classroom-based assignments, but mostly you will work and train as an athlete. The majority of students undertake a BTEC in Sport and Exercise Science or Sport, but you can also study A Levels alongside your training.

Through our partnerships with Reading Football Club Community Trust, Bracknell Town FC and Bracknell Cobras and Playermaker Basketball Academy, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue a professional sporting career whilst studying to achieve a recognised qualification at one of our colleges. Depending on your athlete development stage, you’ll have access to:

  • sports therapy and rehabilitation provision
  • strength and conditioning sessions
  • performance analysis
  • masterclasses

Martin Amoo-Gottfried, Director of Basketball and Head coach of the BWC Basketball Academy, is representative of the calibre of coaches we have across all our sports academies, having been successful during both a playing and coaching career, winning league and National titles in the US. He also played professionally in the BBL and for the GB National team.

As of 2020, there were approximately 14,000 full-time sports players employed in the UK. In total, there are over 300,000 people employed in the UK in sports-related job roles, with 12,500 new openings per year. These include roles such as sports coaches, instructors, and match officials.

Activate Learning has an excellent track record of developing international athletes and coaches within football, in partnership with Banbury United FC, Bracknell Town FC and Reading FC. In 2019, we expanded our sports academy offer, to include Rugby Union in partnership with Wasps RFC.

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Alice, Sport and Coaching Level 3 Alumni Coming here really built my confidence. The tutors believed in me which encouraged me and pushed me to do the best I can.
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