College Cycling Academies

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If you are 16-18 and looking to continue in both cycling and education there are a number of programmes across England that can provide a combination of structured, quality training with academic studies.

The below are flagged as opportunities for young people, however, British Cycling does not officially endorse or accredit any institution or programme at this time. Prospective learners should use personal judgement when deciding on the best programme for them and make direct contact with the institution to discuss further.

There are 6 institutions offering cycling academy programmes:

Elite Athlete Programme, Burnley College (North West)

HUUB Ribble Performance Cycling Academy, Derby College (East Midlands)

Manchester Cycling Academy (North West)

Millfield School (South West)

Oaklands Wolves Cycling Academy (Central)

South Gloucestershire & Stroud Cycling Academy (South West)


Institution: Oaklands College, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

Course: Oaklands Wolves Cycling Academy

Course link:https://oaklandswolves.com/cycling/

Course contact: Jez Cox (Academy Head) - cycling@oaklands.ac.uk - 07738 803 665 @oaklandscycling on socials  

Oaklands Wolves Cycling Academy was the first full time junior racing academy of its kind in the UK for boys and girls when it was founded back in 2017. Since then it has created over 130 race wins, multiple national champions, national series winners and riders being selected for the Great Britain Cycling Team. Our Alumni have already gone on to become riders in UCI Teams, as well as many now racing abroad whilst others have gone on to careers in coaching. A good number have also carried on studying at some of the UK’s best universities whilst continuing as elite cyclists. Most of our riders live on site although some local riders travel in.

The academy is best thought of as a two year training camp. Riders train every day together all morning and then study in the afternoons. Wednesdays are entirely academy time with long rides, S&C and additional physio time. The academy costs riders nothing and although we are selective we look for the riders who are determined to see how good they can be often ahead of those who have already been there and done it. Attitude is everything and loving cycling itself is a pre-requisite. 


Institution: Millfield School, Butleigh Road, Street BA16 0YD

Course: Variety of educational pathways from year 9 to 13 across the GCSE curriculum, A levels and BTECs.

Course link: https://www.millfieldschool.com/senior-13-16/academic or https://www.millfieldschool.com/sixth-form-16-18/academic

Course contact: Initial contact for the cycling programme is Peter Guthrie Guthrie.p@millfieldschool.com or the Director of Sport, Dr Scott Drawer drawer.s@millfieldschool.com

Millfield School is one of the UK’s leading school for sport. It is a multi-sport environment with a significant number of specialist coaches and more than 300 students competing at regional, national and international level across a host of sports at any one time. This creates a culture and environment that promotes excellence in coach and student development.

Millfield School is not a specialist sports academy. We believe in a holistic development experience that values academics, pastoral and sporting development equally. Our flexible structure allows every student to balance all elements of their development at all times without compromise.

We pride ourselves on our ability to help prepare you for the next stage of journey beyond school whether that is a formalised development pathway with a National Government Body, an academy aligned to a club or team or onto University or the world of work. You will be immersed in an environment with significant international presence from students from many countries and have opportunities to learn and develop from a diverse sporting environment.

We provide scholarships and bursaries for talented students to attend the school: https://www.millfieldschool.com/admissions/scholarship-bursaries


Institution: South Gloucestershire & Stroud College, WISE Campus, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8LP

Course: SGS Cycling Academy/ L3 Diploma in Sport Coaching & Cycling Performance  

Course Link: SGS Cycling Academy

Course contact: Nic Tilling – nicholas.tilling@sgscol.ac.uk - 0117 9192651 - @AcademySgs on socials

The SGS Academy/Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance is designed for learners who are keen cyclists and who are looking to combine their education with their cycling aspirations. This is a career-focused qualification which is recognised, endorsed and accredited by industry, enabling learners to develop underpinning knowledge and technical skills as well as gaining experience as a coach and sport practitioner. Uniquely, the L3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance and Cycling Academy package has been designed with a combination of distance and face to face learning - it's open to learners who live anywhere within the United Kingdom. 

Learners on the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance will be enrolled on to our brand new SGS Cycling Academy. providing each of its members with a complete on-line program of coaching, training and mentoring. Learners are given bespoke training plans, feedback on racing and training performance and guidance to develop their cycling fitness and race performance.The SGS Cycling Academy is not a club, so riders are free to represent any club or team of their choice. 

The qualification also carries up to 112 UCAS points for University progression. 


Institution: Trafford College, Altrincham, WA14 5PQ

Course: Manchester Cycling Academy/ BTEC in Cycling Performance & Development

Course Linkhttps://manchestercyclingacademy.co.uk/ 

Course contact: Stefan Hopewell - manchester.cycling.academy@gmail.com - 07977 486236 - @mcr_cycling on socials

More than just a college where learners will simply go to study and to ride a bike, Manchester Cycling Academy, in partnership with Trafford College, will ensure that everyone who attends will develop the academic, sporting and life skills they will need to succeed both on the bike and off it.

We have tailored the BTEC Sport Level 3, which can secure you 112 points (the same as two B’s and a c) towards a University place. Your academic studies will run alongside your training programme and will feature anatomy and physiology, coaching and development, diet and nutrition fitness testing and of course, cycling skills and training. 

We have an unrivalled coaching and support team that would not look out of place in a world tour professional cycling team. Being based in Manchester allows us to pull on a wealth of nearby contacts meaning that you will get the very best tuition, coaching and support available every day.

We welcome applications from MTB, BMX, Road, Track and Cyclo Cross and Para disciplines and the world class cycling facilities that we have within an hour of our base, means that whatever your dream, we can help you reach it.


Institution: Derby College, The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Rd, Derby DE24 8JE

Course: Huub Ribble Performance Cycling Academy

Course link: Huub Ribble Performance Cycling Academy

Course contact: keith@cyclingperformanceacademy.co.uk  / nick.ramsden@derby-college.ac.uk

This performance cycling academy is accompanied with face to face or remote learning courses in Sport at Derby College. It is designed for school leavers wanting to improve their performance with aspirations of representing the HUUB Ribble Cycling Academy road race team or, that want to develop their skills and attributes in track cycling or other disciplines. 

Performance co​ach Jacob Tipper will design your training and monitor your development, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, technical and tactical skills and psychology.The academy is free to all full-time students studying at Derby College. Applications are welcomed by male and female riders.


Institution: Burnley College, Princess Way, Burnley BB12 0AN

Course: Elite Athlete Programme/ Burnley College Cycling Academy

Course link: https://www.burnley.ac.uk/sixth-form-home/training-academy/

Course contact: Steven Burke MBE  - s.burke@burnley.ac.uk

Burnley College want to give young people the opportunity to further their potential in the sporting world alongside their academic studies. Our College is one of only a handful of TASS accredited (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) colleges in the region.  This ensures we can offer flexibility to schedule your training alongside your academic studies and facilitate your participation in top competition, allowing you to combine the very best sports training alongside outstanding teaching in your chosen subject.

Whether you already have a strong reputation within cycling, or are keen to take your performance to the next level, our Academy is for you. Training alongside your academic studies and with the option to join a team, you will have the unique opportunity to receive expert cycling coaching and mentoring from Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke.

 Additional support within the Cycling Academy will include specialist strength and conditioning training with personalised training plans; performance psychology; expert nutritional advice; physiotherapy; fitness testing and performance analysis; access to our state-of-the-art facilities

We are looking for athletes across all cycling disciplines, so please get in touch if you would like more information.