Centre of Excellence

Along with our Advanced Training Programmes (ATP) in the Sixth Form, we operate a nationally recognised Category Football Academy for 11-16 year old footballers in partnership with Colchester United Football Club. Selection for the elite players to attend the academy is made by the staff at Colchester United Football Club on the basis of aptitude in football, and those selected have the opportunity to experience a rich programme of professional training in addition to benefitting from a full education here at Thurstable. Once selected, Colchester United Football Club commits to providing transport and coaching to the students up to 16, and from there they are either taken on by the club as scholars who complete their studies at Thurstable, or join the ATP which offers football development together with a full academic or vocational education up to 19.

Further details of the Academy can be obtained from Sean Thacker at Colchester United Football Club.

Details of our Sixth Form ATP programmes can be found in the Sixth Form area of our web site.

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