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Prepare for a career in the sports industry learning about the science of exercise and how to improve performance. Whether you are interested in sports coaching, development or personal training - our courses are designed to prepare you for work in the industry or higher level study at university.

Crystal Palace Football Academy Palace for Life

Our football academy is run in partnership with Crystal Palace Football Club and gives students the opportunity to develop their footballing ability alongside their academic study. Students have four hours of training per week with UEFA B License qualified coaches and compete in the Hampshire Colleges Football League. Students also have the chance to take part in exclusive Crystal Palace events including events and tournaments at Selhurst Park. You can take part in the Academy alongside any level of qualification across the College and places are awarded following participation in one of our trials and acceptance on a course at BCoT.

Find a course

Select a course type that suits you.

Career Opportunities

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Nutritionist or Dietician
  • Sports or Biomedical Analyst
  • Sports Scientist
  • Sports Journalist



  • Crystal Palace Football Academy
  • Onsite gym
  • Basingstoke Sports Centre - including swimming pool and circuit sessions.
  • Mays Bounty Sports Pitches
  • Berrydown Football Pitches
  • Down Grange Astroturf
  • BCoT Therapy Rooms (Sports Massage etc.)

Student Success

Students have progressed to higher level study at universities, such as:

University of Winchester - Strength Conditioning and Fitness; Sport and Exercise Science

University of Gloucestershire - Sports Development and Coaching; Sports Strength and Conditioning

Southampton Solent University - Football Studies and Business

University of Chichester - Sport Development and Coaching

"Being in the crystal palace academy was an amazing experience – nothing could top it. The College really work to help you achieve.”
Jordan Medcraft
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BCoT student selected to represent Great Britain

Sports student Caius Joseph to compete at international event in Madrid

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Former student takes national top spot

A former BCoT student has been named the British Under-18s 105kg Powerlifting Champion.

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