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The NPL Football Academy (NPLFA) is delighted to announce that Witton Albion student Callum Barnes is progressing onto the NPLFA’s ‘Undergraduate Sports Degree’ in partnership with Loughborough College.

Since creating the programme in 2017, the NPLFA are offering two types of blended learning courses that will last three years – a BSc in Sports Coaching to gain valuable work experience at a semi-professional club while obtaining coaching qualifications and a BSc in Sports Management covering the football industry and a host of cross-transferable skills.

The defender is now extending his stay with the NPLFA and cannot wait to begin in September: “I was attracted to the NPLFA degree course to continue playing at a competitive level and hopefully progress further off the pitch. I am looking forward to starting the Sports Coaching degree course and the commencement of the new season.” 

A successful two years on the programme has paid dividends with a move into higher education and it’s an experience Callum has enjoyed: “I have really enjoyed the BTEC in Sport Level 3, it has been the best decision I have ever made. In the first year I was nominated for ‘Player of the Month’ which was a great achievement.

“I would recommend the NPLFA to school leavers as it’s a good chance to make the most of yourself and chase your dream.”

Everyone at the NPLFA would like to wish Callum the very best of luck on our degree course

and we look forward to catching up with him during his first year.

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