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Second Chance Academy Launched

13 December 2019

Oldham Athletic Second Chance Academy is an opportunity for players to experience a full-time football and fitness training programme whilst studying a BTEC Level 3 in Sport.

The full-time training programme will help develop players to their full potential, giving them the best chance possible to progress to the highest level they can in Football.

The main aim of 'SCA' is to develop players for Oldham Athletic Football Club, whilst also giving them a qualification to help progress into further education in the future.

During the training programme players will be given individual development plans to help them monitor and see their progression over the two years. This evidence will also help the players to produce Football CV’s. 

These plans are reviewed two to three times a year by one-to-one assessments with the players and coach. To do this, players will be coached by UEFA A and UEFA B license coaches on a daily basis whilst also having free access to an onsite gym for fitness and recovery sessions.



A two-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-19 year olds.

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport

Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Entry Requirements

  • Participate in a two day Football trial process.
  • 4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or Maths, or both.

You will need to be 16 years old by 31st August, ready to start the programme in early September.

Academy Start Date

  • July 2020 (Pre-Season Training)
  • September 2020 (Education course starts)

Full enrolment will take place on GCSE results day depending on the players results.

Exit Routes

  • Access to Football Clubs to suit the players ability.
  • Access to University, Apprenticeships, Sports Coaching and employment within the Sport, Leisure & Fitness industries.

First Trial Dates

OA-SCA will be holding their first ever set of trials on Thursday 2 January 2020 and Friday 3 January 2020 from 1-3pm on both days. Please arrive at 12:45pm ready to train.

Location: Boundary Park, Furtherwood Road, Oldham, OL1 2PA.

What do I need? 

  • Football boots and shin pads.
  • Photo ID (Passport or Provisional Driving license)
  • Kit to train in.

If you are interested in attending the trials you need to book your place by emailing ASAP.

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