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Kettering Academy is based at Vanarama National League North Club Kettering Town Football Club which has undergone a huge renovation with a purpose built classroom and gym on site at the stadium. Head of Academy Luke Graham, who has amassed over 500 professional appearances alongside obtaining his UEFA A coaching license, leads the academy and is assisted by his coaches Steven Kinniburgh, Brett Solkhon, Luke Darby and David Dent which makes up a highly skilled and experienced team.


BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development – New 2019 BTEC

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development is 120 Credits and 720 Guided Learning Hours (GLH). It consists of SIX mandatory units plus ONE optional units for a combined total of 120 credits. Equivalent to 2 A Levels


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development – New 2019 BTEC

The Pearson Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sports Coaching and Development is 180 credits and has 1080 Guided Learning Hours (GLH). It consists of SEVEN mandatory units plus FIVE optional units for a combined total of 180 credits. Equivalent to 3 A Levels, this course is more suitable for those that do not have to re-sit their maths or English or for those who want to go to University.

BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training - NEW 2019 BTEC

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Sport, Fitness and Personal Training is 60 Credits and 360 Guided Learning Hours (GLH). It consists of FIVE mandatory units plus ONE optional units for a combined total of 120 credits. Equivalent to 1  A Level, it is perfect for learners who want to upskill or top up their Diploma to progress on to Higher education programmes.

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Please email Luke Graham at for any information about our courses for September 2021.

Location:   Kettering Town Football Club, Latimer Park, Polwell Lane, Kettering, NN15 5PS

Course Start Date: 
September 2021

Entry Requirements:
4 GCSE 4-9 grades including English & Maths or both, however, should you not achieve this in we have specialist English/Maths Tutors in order to help you obtain your required grades. You also must be between 16-18 years old on the 31st of August.

UCAS Points Equivalent:

Up to 168 UCAS points which is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

FREE for 16 – 18 year olds (Bursaries also available, please contact us for more details)

Kettering Academy students also have been fortunate enough to be chosen by academy staff to experience or contribute to many aspects of the club on 1st team matchdays doing video analysis, media production, commentary, assisting coaching staff and more.

If you want to be part of the fast growing Football Academy in Northamptonshire then contact Head of Academy Luke Graham on the contact details below or through the academies social media platforms.

Facebook - Kettering Town FC Education

Twitter - @KTFC_Education
Instagram - Kettering Academy

Meet the Team

Luke Graham - Head of Academy

Qualifications: - Uefa A License, FA Youth Award, BA Hons degree in Professional broadcasting and writing, Level 4 lecturer

Luke started his football career with premier league side Leicester City before signing a professional contract with Northampton Town. He went on to represent Forest Green Rovers, Kettering Town, Mansfield Town, York City, Luton Town and Hereford United. After winning the FA Trophy with Brackley Town, Luke rejoined the poppies where he is currently our club captain. Internationally, he has also had extensive experience representing Great Britain, Wales and Ireland in youth football.

Sean Wilson - Head of Education 

Qualifications: - BA Hons degree in Sports Science, Level 5 Diploma in education and training, Level 4 in education quality assurance.

Sean was a successful boxer in his youth competing in national competitions before embarking on a successful teaching career in Sport and further education. Sean has been in the teaching industry for over 10 years and taught many elite sports apprentices at the likes of Northampton Town, Northampton Saints and other sporting fields. His experience is invaluable in ensuring students get a first class education with us. 

Brett Solkhon - Lead Tutor/ Coach 

Qualifications: - BA Hons degree in Sport Science, Qualified Teacher (QTS), FA Level 2 Award, 
Brett started his football journey with premier league side Arsenal before signing a professional contract with Rushden & Diamonds. Brett then joined Kettering Town where he has became a club legend over the last 17 years, winning several league titles and sitting 2nd in the all time appearance list behind Roger Ashby. During his historic playing career with the poppies, Brett became a highly qualified teacher, working at local school Weavers and our partner school Kettering Buccleuch Academy.

Steve Kinniburgh - Head Coach

Qualifications: - Uefa A License, Elite Coaches Award, Advanced FA Youth Award

Steve began his football career with Scottish giants Glasgow Rangers at the age of 9 and spent 12 fantastic years with the club winning several youth titles. He then came to England joining Oxford United under the guidance of current Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder. Steve then became Kettering Town club captain helping the club back up the leagues before starting his coaching career. He had a highly successful spell with neighbours Corby Town managing their academy and first team before rejoining us as head coach in July 2019.

Luke Darby - Assistant Tutor/ Coach 

Qualifications: - FA Level 2 Award, FA Futsal Award, Level 3 lecturer.

Luke has been coaching within the Kettering Town academy over the past 2 years and is currently managing our u15s elite side. During this period, he has developed a good reputation locally and conducted himself professionally. He also has experience in the education sector working as a Physical education co-ordinator at Bishop Stopford school over the past few years. Luke has now joined our team to develop his teaching and coaching skills working towards his Uefa B License and Level 4 lecturing qualification. 

David Dent - Assisitant manager of Kettering Town u18s and Uefa B License coach.
Marshall Rayner - Our main sponsor and CEO of Top Team, a leading recruitment specialist in Northamptonshire.
Rachel Birks - First team physio and match day physio.
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