Students on the course will gain the knowledge and skills to secure employment in a wide variety of sports careers in the football industry and can progress onto a Foundation Degree in Sports, Exercise and Fitness at the College, or go on to university.
Launching the new diploma course, Head of Science and Service Industries Aaron Ballantyne said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the IFA in the delivery of the excellent course, which opens up so many opportunities for students who want to pursue a sports career.
“They will come out with qualifications in coaching, refereeing, and a range of the disciplines involved in managing sport, widening participation and providing leadership.”
Michael Boyd, Irish FA Director of Football Development said: “This is an exciting new partnership for us with Northern Regional College. We want to give young people with a passion for football the skills to make a difference in their local community and also to pursue a career in sport.
“This course will provide an interactive learning environment as well as many opportunities to work with the Irish FA in all of our community projects”
The full-time two-year course in now open for applications. Applicants should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, other relevant qualifications, or appropriate work experience. The course is being offered at Ballymena, Coleraine, Magherafelt and Newtownabbey.
For more information and to apply now for September 2017, click here.