Being a scholarship holder at Bradfield is an exceptional opportunity that offers you the very best football education. The individual is at the heart of all our decisions and football talent is nurtured in a holistic way to provide a challenging and positive learning experience.

As a recipient of an award, you will demonstrate two factors that we feel are vital in contributing to a high achieving mentality; A love of Football and A love of learning. We are looking for good technical grounding and the desire to become problem solvers and scientists of the game.

Football development here aims to be joyous. We ask pupils to show commitment and dedication at a level that they may have never experienced before with the aim of exposing them to a truly elite environment and mentality. Allowing our pupils to take control of their learning and reach a higher plain of understanding.

Luke Webb, Director of Football

You will be keen to participate in and contribute to the sporting life of the College and you will be committed to developing your sporting intelligence, your performance psychology and your human decency across all areas. In return, you will receive the very best advice and guidance from our dedicated and supportive team of football teachers.

EXPECTATIONS OF AWARD HOLDERS

Holding this award is both a privilege and a responsibility. The personal support you will receive, and the opportunities offered to you, are balanced by the role you will take as an ambassador for the Football Club, its activities and events, both within and outside of the College:

Maintaining consistently high football standards through gaining an understanding of deep practice, having a self-motivation to work at your practice independently and by attending all football sessions available, both practical and theoretical.

Demonstrating leadership to fellow pupils, by participating in the mentor scheme of the football programme, where you will be mentored as a junior and then will become a mentor as a senior.

BENEFITS

As a recipient of a Football Scholarship, you will be offered a range of opportunities, which will enable you to continue to develop your talent, passion and potential:

  • Access to the Bradfield College Football Player Book.
  • Attendance at regular talks with professional sportspeople.
  • Expert coaching from our professional coaches.
  • Guidance and support from our performance psychologist.
  • Weekly sessions and a movement pattern development plan with our S&C coaches.
  • Access to your own Hudl account to maximise feedback.
  • Support in establishing your own peer-led teaching.
  • A range of performance opportunities by competing in the toughest fixture list on the circuit and in national competitions.
  • Biannual review with the Director of Football and Lead Football Coaches to discuss your progress, map out your plans for the period ahead and offer help to nurture the talent which won your Award in the first place.

Application process

All pupils whether they are on Luke Webb’s football scholarship radar or not, must go through our admissions process and must gain a place at the College in the February of Year 7 in order to be considered for a scholarship.

The first step in the admissions process is to arrange a Saturday Morning Tour. To do this simply email admissions@bradfieldcollege.org.uk. For more information about scholarships and bursaries, please visit the Admissions section.

Read on for more information about applying for a football scholarship.

13+ candidates

For boys who wish to have football as their main contributor to a scholarship at Year 9, either parents and/or the Director of sport at the school and then parents must make contact with our Director of Football Luke Webb.

Once Directors of sport identify that a player possesses the required potential and parents wish to find out more about the process, Luke will then contact the parents to arrange a time to come and watch their son play for their club/school side. Luke will aim to watch each pupil at least once during Year 6 and then if a pupil gains a place at the College in the February of Year 7, they will be invited to two scholarship days, the first in the Summer Term (Year 7) and the second in the Michaelmas Term (Year 8).

This allows Luke to get to know the parents better and fully assess the candidate. Luke has been doing this since 2012 and it has meant the whole process has been much fairer and more transparent. We must stress that there is no obligation for parents to commit to anything and all Luke is trying to do is make parents aware of what we offer at Bradfield from a holistic football development perspective so they can then make an informed decision when the time comes. Please apply for this process from the end of Year 5 onwards.

Luke, accompanied by former parents and pupils who participated in the Bradfield Football Programme delivers a talk annually at the Bradfield Prep Schools Football Tournament on Sunday 6 October at 12.15pm in the Chapel. All parents from all schools are welcome.

16+ candidates

Pupils can apply for a Sixth Form scholarship to gain a place on the Senior Elite Football Programme twice a year.

Our general scholarships are open to all and applications are open in October of Year 11. Our Academy Football Scholarship is open to any player who has recently been released from a professional football club academy and meets our academic criteria and takes place in the February of Year 11.

Applications for the Academy Scholarship take place in February (but are usually limited to only one place). If you are an academy player who would be interested in applying to our school (if you were released), even if you have not been released at the time, there is more available scholarships during the October/November process so although it can be difficult to think that far ahead, I would recommend you let us know your interest then.

For information on Sixth Form football scholarships please contact the Admissions Department (admissions@bradfieldcollege.org.uk) or Luke Webb (lwebb@bradfieldcollege.org.uk).

Applying for a Football Award

If you are considering applying for a Football Award, you are advised to contact the Director of Football and are encouraged to send a DVD or video link of yourself playing to lwebb@bradfieldcollege.org.uk.

All fee reductions are determined by means testing, in keeping with the ethos of the school, although priority is given to those who have won an award. Note that Football Awards do not guarantee a reduction of fees. For more information, see our Bursaries page.