Academy of Sport

Dearne Valley College is one of only a few colleges in the UK with an Academy of Sport. With excellent on-site, state-of-the-art sports facilities and professional coaches employed by the College to deliver training sessions, DVC is the place to be for aspiring young sports people.

Our Academy of Sport includes

Basketball Academy

The College Basketball Academy gives learners the opportunity to combine their love of basketball with their studies in a professional environment. With all facilities on-site and outstanding Coaches employed by the College, DVC basketball players benefit from a high quality basketball programme within their
College life.

Sheffield Sharks Head Coach, Atiba Lyons will also lead individual and group sessions to develop individual skills and gameplay.

All training and games are timetabled into the College day, meaning you will have attended all classes, taken part in training and will have no effect on your studies.

Members of the Basketball Academy can look forward to:

  • 4 hours training per week including technical practice and strength and conditioning
  • Regular fixtures in the British Colleges leagues and access to Sheffield Sharks fixtures
  • Basketball coaching and officiating courses
  • Individually tailored training programmes
  • Nutritional advice
  • Subsidised training kit

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Football Academy

Dearne Valley College offers a Football Academy programme to male and female students, aged 16 to 18, on any full-time course at the College.
All training and games take place within the College week and members of the Football Academy benefit from up to 8 hours training each week.

The Head Coach of the academy is a UEFA A-qualified professional and all other coaches working with academy teams are at least UEFA B qualified – these standards are better than those at many professional football academies.

We pride ourselves on only hiring the best coaches available, ensuring College footballers are coached as professionals in a high-class environment.

With a new FIFA 2-star 3G all-weather pitch to train on, two outstanding grass pitches for fixtures and a fully equipped gym for strength and conditioning, our facilities are the best in the region, allowing our footballers to focus on their performance. The College has recently invested in high-tech GPS vests – as used by Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool and other professional football clubs – allowing us to use the most professional equipment with our players and give them the best football experience possible.

We are proud to have formed close partnerships with all local professional clubs, as well as a number of semi-professional and amateur clubs, offering players excellent progression routes. Along with this, we have a strong relationship with Pass4Soccer, giving our students the opportunity to gain scholarships at top US universities.

Benefits of being in the football academy include:

  • Professional coaching
  • The best college football facilities in the region
  • Physiotherapy/sports massage
  • Strength and conditioning sessions
  • Access to high-tech training equipment
  • Fixtures with professional academies throughout the year
  • Ongoing performance analysis and reviews
  • Opportunities to gain scholarships in the USA
  • Football coaching certificates
  • Access to coaching qualifications to increase your professional portfolio for future employment
  • Subsidised training kit
Football Academy with Rotherham United Women's Team

Dearne Valley College are also pleased to announce a unique regional partnership for the 2015-16 academic year with Rotherham United Women’s Team. 

You’ll benefit from:

  • Specialist training with professional coaches
  • Participation in local, regional and national leagues and competitions both at college and university level.
  • The very best training facilities in the region
  • Strength and conditioning sessions tailored to your sport
  • Match analysis and regular personal reviews with academy coaching staff
  • Unique partnership with Rotherham United Senior Women’s Team
  • All selected Football Academy Student Athletes will receive a sunsidised academy uniform
  • Access to high tech training equipment
  • Fixtures with professional academies throughout the year
  • Opportunities to gain scholarships in the USA to further your studies
  • Access to coaching qualifications to increase your professional portfolio for future employment

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Golf Academy

The Dearne Valley College Golf Academy utilises the state-of-the-art facilities at The Waterfront Golf Course which is located less than a mile away from the College’s main Manvers Campus. Set in 170 acres of beautiful established parkland, the course offers breath-taking views of the surrounding Old Moor Nature Reserve and Manvers Lake.  

The Academy will benefit from the stunning 9-hole golf course which incorporates 18 different Tees, measures over 6500 yards and is one of the longest of its kind in the UK. With USGA specification greens, strategically placed bunkers & tight fairways, it is a ‘true test of your golf prowess!’

Professional PGA Golf Coaches will work on improving your technique and help further enhance & improve your golf game.

You’ll benefit from:

  • Private teaching bays
  • Video & iPad technology
  • Chipping & pitching area
  • Practice putting green

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Outdoor Pursuits Academy

The Dearne Valley College Outdoor Pursuits Academy operates from the multi sports club based at Manvers Lake which is located less than a mile away from the College’s main Manvers Campus. Activities based at the club so far include canoeing & kayaking, orienteering, triathlon, running, open water swimming, windsurfing, sailing, sub-aqua, and mountain biking, with easy access to the trans-pennine trail.

Academic and Vocational Qualifications which can be obtained whilst studying outdoor pursuits at DVC include:

  • British Canoe Union Level 1 & 2 Star Awards
  • Gear Mountain Biking Award
  • Level 1 & 2 Mountain Bike Activity Leadership
  • Skills for Land Based and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Skills for Water Based and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Principles and Practice in Outdoor Activities
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
  • Foundation in Safety and Rescue Training
  • Optimising Fitness in Paddle Sport part 1 & 2
Rugby Academy
Taekwondo Academy

Dearne Valley College are pleased to announce a brand new partnership with recently opened local facility, SWAT Taekwondo. Mark Eager (Black Belt, 4th Dan) has had years of developing Taekwondo from beginners to the elite level.

Building on the London 2012 Olympic legacy, the facilities on offer within the SWAT Taekwondo Centre are second to none, with an Olympic standard fully-matted training floor, training dummies and wall mounted bags for increased resistance when punching or kicking, which are ideal for solo or focused training.

The facility also benefits from a selection of body armour & protective gear (to fit most sizes) ensuring practitioner safety.


The Academy of Sport gives you the chance to study at college whilst pursuing your sporting aspirations and is available to full-time learners aged 16-18.

You'll be able to access:

  • Specialist training with professional coaches
  • Participation in local, regional and national leagues and competitions
  • The very best training facilities in the region
  • Strength and conditioning sessions tailored to you and your sport.
  • Match analysis and regular personal reviews with academy coaching staff
  • Links with local amateur and semi-professional clubs
  • Academy training kit


You will be learning and training in some of the country’s best sporting facilities! This includes a fully commercial, on-site sports centre (DVC Sports), a FIFA 2-star accredited 3G Astroturf pitch, multisport cages, full-size grass football pitches, a sports hall, and a state-of-the-art fitness suite.

We use a wealth of sporting equipment and technology used by professional sports clubs, including a sports GPS system, timing gates and various other technological equipment used to measure fitness and performance.

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