FC Halifax Town and Calderdale College Development Centre for Football is a unique training scheme for young talented footballers aged 16-19. The centre provides the perfect environment for young athletes to develop in their chosen sport whilst studying towards a nationally recognised qualification. Through our partnership with FC Halifax, we offer a progressive pathway where athletes have the opportunity to progress to professional standard.

  • Inspire Centre

  • Facilities

  • Term Dates

Calderdale College is partnered with FC Halifax Town and is offering a unique course in which 16 – 19 year olds can pursue a career in football without having to give up their studies.

Students will study towards a BTEC Diploma in Sport, available at Levels 1, 2 or 3, alongside receiving full time, professional, football training.

Students enrolled on the programme will benefit from training on site, in state of the art facilities at the Inspire Centre, Calderdale College. These include a grass pitch, 3G pitches and an elite strength and conditioning and fitness suite shared with elite athletes from a range of clubs including Halifax Rugby League and FC Halifax Town.

Players will receive ample contact time with UEFA B accredited coaches in a timetable which is structured around their academic learning, ensuring the correct balance of time to complete academic work and training.

Benefits include:

  • Weekly strength and conditioning sessions with qualified coaches along with nutritional seminars and advice
  • Video analysis to for feedback and improvement
  • Participation in the ECFA league
  • Progression to the FC Halifax Town Youth Team

To support player development, all students will complete their FA Youth module and a Level 1 coaching qualification as well as a range of volunteer coaching opportunities which have the potential to lead to employment either in college or through one of our many key partners in the industry.

The centre’s success is celebrated through their annual tour which combines training with a relaxed and social atmosphere allowing players and coaches to reflect on past performance and plan for the next academic year.

The centre provides a fantastic offer to any talented footballers wishing to develop their skills in the game and build towards a career in professional football.

FC Halifax Town have a growing reputation for developing talented players and assisting their progress into the Premiership and Football Leagues’ with players such as Jamie Vardy (Leicester City, England)Lee Gregory (Millwall) and more recently Mark Roberts and Shaun Tuton (Barnsley) having made such steps in recent years.

Mike Jeffries

FC Halifax Town Youth Team Coach, Mike Jeffries is a UEFA A licensed coach and has an extensive youth development coaching career, having started his professional playing career at Macclesfield Town FC. His previous coaching roles include time at Huddersfield Town FC, Oldham Athletic AFC, Bury Football Club,  Manchester United and most Recently Burnley FC.


Carl Rushworth, FC Halifax Town 2018-2019, Brighton & Hove Albion, 2019 -Present

Ousman Cham, FC Halifax Town 2018-2019

Shiraz Khan FC Halifax Town 2016- 2018, Ossett United 2018-Present

Ross Barrows, FC Halifax Town 2016- 2018

Marko Basic FC Halifax Town 2016- 2018

Issac Baldwin, FC Halifax Town 2015-17, Farsley Celtic 2017-Present (Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division Team of the Season)

Elliot Harrison, Mossley AFC 2017- Present

Jack Bradley, FC Halifax Town 2015-Present

National Youth Alliance League Cup Finalists 2017/18


2020 events to be confirmed in September

Please contact if you have any queries about the programme.
To register your interest please complete an expression of interest here.