These Study Support Centres are staffed by centre managers, who are qualified and experienced teachers, supported by higher education and further education students working as mentors.


The scheme started in 1997, when the Department for Education and Skills supported a small pilot which was held in FA Premier League it was extended to Nationwide Division one clubs a couple of years later. This scheme extended twice since 2004, through a new partnership between the Football Foundation and the Department for Education and Skills. The extension saw new centres open around the country, mainly by involving new sports such as Rugby union, Rugby League Cricket, Hockey, Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Horseracing. In January 2008, 162 football and other sports’ clubs are involved, with 159 centres open to date, benefiting 210,00 pupils so far.