Photograph by Peter Powell. 3 February 2019.

A new partnership has launched in Merseyside, offering young people across the UK the opportunity to attend Liverpool Football College in association with Steven Gerrard, and pursue a career in the sports industry.

Since opening in 2011, the college has helped hundreds of 16-19-year olds follow a career in professional football through their further education programmes. Now, the college has teamed up with award-winning sports education provider, LLS, to reach thousands more students across the UK and Ireland. LLS deliver sixth form sports courses across the world, from Liverpool to Qatar, giving school leavers the chance to continue their studies and secure careers within the sports industry.

The partnership between the two leading sports education providers, Liverpool Football College and LLS will bring an unrivalled two-year sports programme to selected colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland from September 2020. Steven Gerrard says, “This is a brilliant concept bringing the expertise of these organisations together. Having supported Liverpool Football College for 10 years and been officially involved since 2019 I can’t wait to see our fantastic programme launch with LLS across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. With a first class football offer and a first-class education offer this course has the winning formula.”

The post-16 course will launch in Autumn 2020, with 500 aspiring football professionals working towards graduate pathways which include full-time football, university degrees and professional employment at home and abroad. Students will study A-level equivalent qualifications alongside a football programme which will be led by elite level coaches. Liverpool Football College and LLS graduates have gone on to careers playing professionally and coaching for international clubs.

Former FA Chief Executive and LLS Patron Brian Barwick says, “I have worked with Joe Mulhearn and Jordan Wright and the LLS team over the past decade and have found them to be dedicated, driven and determined to deliver for their students. Merging with Liverpool Football College and a sporting icon in Steven Gerrard will certainly take things to the next level and on this occasion, I am looking forward to being on the same team.”

Director of Liverpool Football College, David MacDiarmid says, “We are delighted to team up with LLS. They are a highly trusted partner of schools, universities and elite-level sports clubs. They have more than 30 fulltime industry professionals committed to giving youngsters life changing opportunities. We’ve been working with LLS on many projects and have been blown away by the impact they have on thousands of young people around the world.”

School leavers are welcome to apply for one of the final few places available for September 2020 by emailing Applications are now also open to Year 10 pupils for September 2021 and interested young people are encouraged to register their interest via email.

Should you have further questions, please call a member of the LLS Student Engagement Team on +44151 294 3229.