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The NFL Academy, which opened in September 2019, is a major initiative by the NFL, which aims to use American football to create life-changing opportunities for young people all around the world.

The NFL Academy offers student athletes aged 16-19 the opportunity to combine their education with a life skills programme and an intensive training in the sport, under the guidance of full-time professional coaches.

Education is the main priority and the Academy aims to create pathways into further education, employment and potentially an opportunity to study and play NCAA college football in the United States.

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Athletes have access to elite sports training facilities, kit and equipment, as well as an opportunity to learn from players and coaches from the NFL.

The character development programme aims to provide students with the tools to be successful in whatever pathway they take following the NFL Academy.

This unique opportunity is open to students aged 16-19. Entry into the Academy is based upon a series of physical tryouts, along with a one-to-one interview and educational assessment. Successful students will be offered provisional places, dependent on meeting academic requirements.

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The NFL Academy and our partners are committed to safeguarding the welfare of our students and providing a safe and inclusive environment. The welfare of our students is paramount and we expect all staff, coaches, volunteers and stakeholders to share our commitment to these practices.