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Community Sports College programme awarded 'outstanding' by Ofsted

15 May 2023


Community Sports College programme awarded 'outstanding' by Ofsted

15 May 2023

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Fleetwood Town Community Sports College are pleased to announce that our national education partner, League Football Education (LFE), have been graded OUTSTANDING in ALL areas by Ofsted.

Fleetwood Town's Sports College are contracted by LFE for BTEC Sport and are required to meet their high expectations in teaching, learning and development.

In the report published this month, LFE was judged to be ‘outstanding’ in all areas, with inspectors stating that learners and apprentices “consistently demonstrate extremely positive attitudes towards their learning,” whilst also adding “they are highly enthusiastic and motivated to achieve in focused environment for learning.”

Established in 2004 by the EFL and the PFA, LFE delivers the Apprenticeship Programme to 16-18-year-olds at EFL Clubs (including Fleetwood Town's Community Trust) and places a focus on a player’s on and off the pitch development as it aims to leave them in the best possible position for their future, whether that be in the professional game or outside it.

LFE works with 64 of the EFL’s Clubs to deliver the Level 3 Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship Standard to 1,184 apprentices, as well as partnering with 13 EFL Club Community Trusts to provide the Level 3 Sports Coaching and Development programme to nearly 600 students aged 16-18-year-olds.


The educational programme has been specifically designed for elite athletes and is geared towards nationally recognised qualifications and consists of the following elements:

  • Sporting Excellence (Level 3)
  • BTEC Sporting Excellence and Performance (Level 3) *
  • Functional Skills (Level 2)
  • Certificate in Coaching (UEFA C)

LFE’s transition expertise was also highlighted with Ofsted noting that “learners and apprentices receive high quality specialised careers advice and guidance,” which inspectors added “prepares them extremely well for their futures allowing them to make informed decisions about their next steps.”

LFE Chief Executive, Sarah Stephen, said: “Once again, we are extremely proud that Ofsted have rated us ‘Outstanding’ in all areas, an achievement that confirms all our staff and stakeholders are committed to providing outstanding, tailored education programmes for all young people and go above and beyond in everything we do.”

With Fleetwood Town's Community Sports College providing education to those who are just leaving High School, please click HERE!

The Trust provide students with high-quality education in the classroom, as well as give students the opportunity to represent the Club in competitve football fixtures throughout the year.

If you want more information on the course or what the Trust can offer you, please email for more details. We look forward to hearing from you.

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