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GCAFC Professional Scholarship

"To turn potential into excellence"


Combine education with the life of a professional footballer

Young people aged between 16 and 18 can apply to study on our Football Education Programmes in partnership with St Peter’s High School. The programmes provide talented and enthusiastic youngsters with the opportunity to train and play as a football scholar in tandem with their academic studies. 


The programme sees the students participate in a number of academic studies alongside a football scholarship run by Gloucester City AFC. The programme is designed to give young people not only skill development of their game but excellent academic qualifications that can take them into universities, overseas education, employment and work places.


Head coach for the scholarship Craig Robinson has been a coach at Gloucester City since 2015, involved in multiple age groups and is also manager of the club's U21 and U23 sides. He will be supported by current first team players Matt McClure, Fabien Robert and Bernard Mensah.


Participants will have opportunities to study at university, receive football scholarships abroad and look to turn professional with the club.


A two-year, full-time education and football development programme delivered in partnership with Gloucester City AFC


Players will receive up to ten hours of training each week alongside academic lessons.  Football training and games are based at New Meadow Park giving you the environment and expectations of a professional footballer.


Players will also receive two to four hours of Athlete Development Training that includes Strength and Conditioning, Mental Training and Physio/ Injury Prevention work.


Players will compete for the chance to compete for places in the the National Football Youth League U19 which includes teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham, Watford, Liverpool, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Exeter and many more across the country.


With our links to Major League Soccer’s Real Salt Lake there will be international trips available for those wishing to pursue a sport and educational scholarship to the USA.  Real Salt Lake will host us at their state of the art academy campus where there would be games against Universities all across the state of Utah.

Meet the coaches


Craig Robinson - Head of Academy

Robbo has been a coach at Gloucester City since 2015, working with multiple age groups and head coach of the Under 18 side last season. He is also manager of the U21 and U23 teams.


Nick Rieger - U18 Head Coach

Nick is a UEFA B licensed coach and former semi-professiional player who has been coaching for the past 3 years at Gloucester Elite Performance Centre which has affiliations with Premier League clubs. Nick takes charge of Gloucester City U18s for the 2021/22 campaign.


Matt McClure - Lead Coach

A Northern Ireland U19 and U21 international, Matt has played league football for Wycombe Wanderers and Dagenham & Redbridge. Striker for City since 2020.


Fabien Robert - Coach

Played for Lorient in France and as a professional in England for Swindon Town and Forest Green Rovers. A former French U20 international with 6 caps and 4 goals.


Bernard Mensah - Coach

Came through the Watford scholarship program, turning professional and playing first team football for The Hornets.  Called up to the Ghana squad in 2011 and signed for City from Bristol Rovers in 2020.

All sessions are held at New Meadow Park, so please wear suitable kit and bring football boots suitable for 3G, i.e. moulded studs, not metal studs or flat/ dimpled shoes.

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