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Blackburn Rovers FC International Education Academy


Welcome to Blackburn rovers.
Established in 1875.

Our International Educational Academy provides you with a unique experience, as all learning materials have a football focus. Even our lessons are delivered in the stadium and are delivered by our team of highly qualified teachers. After class, you will have the choice to have football coaching with our FA qualified coaches, watch our home games, meet the players and manager and learn what it is like to be part of a professional football club. We look forward to welcoming you to the Blackburn Rovers family!



Watch this video to see Blackburn Rovers goals of the season for 2014-15.



✓ Learn English in the home of English football

The best way to improve your English is to immerse yourself in the language and culture, and this is what we offer. All our courses are in the football stadium of 1995 Premiership winners, Blackburn Rovers FC! You are here to learn English, so in the classroom and during group activities only English is allowed! You also have the opportunity to meet our UK students who also study at the stadium. During UK term time, you will be paired up with a UK student so you can practise and improve your English.

✓ Highly qualified and experienced teachers

Our lessons are delivered by our team of highly qualified and experienced teachers with a proven track record of high quality teaching.

Stuart M. Hanson


Head of International Education

✓ 15 years of teaching experience
✓ CELTA qualified
✓ Graduated from Sheffield University
✓ Qualified NVQ assessor
✓ Enjoys travelling and singing in his free time!

Jason Capper-Tan



✓ 6 years of teaching experience
✓ TEFL qualified
✓ Graduated from Leeds University
✓ After work he likes going to the gym and reading.



Teaching assistant

✓ 3 years of teaching experience
✓ Graduated from Manchester University
✓ Past experience as a tutor and student mentor
✓ Big football fan.

✓ An English course with a football focus

We want you to be able to interact with other students and staff in real life situations while you are with us in the UK. Therefore, lessons are in an interactive and task-based format and are built around a common interest of the students – football!

✓ Different courses throughout the year

At Blackburn Rovers International Academy, we offer a variety of courses throughout the year. Our courses are available at all levels, from Beginner (A2) to Advanced (C2). See our Courses page to find out more.

✓ Effective Teaching

Our courses combine the newest teaching methods, technologies and communicative approaches to language learning. Our aim is that you learn quickly and effectively, according to your needs. We do this by:

✓ Covering a full range of skills, including speaking and listening, reading, writing, vocabulary and grammar
✓ Grouping you with students who have a similar English language ability
✓ Conducting regular assessments to monitor your progress

 Individualised Support

We know that everyone is different – different learning styles, speeds. Because of this, we offer you:

✓ An Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
✓ Weekly tutorials with your personal tutor to discuss your progress
✓ Regular one to one tutorials

 End of course certificate and academic report

At the end of the course, you will take an Ofqual recognised English language exam in reading, writing, speaking and listening. We will also write a report detailing your achievements while at Blackburn Rovers International Education Academy. If you are heading to university, we are happy to help support you with your application i.e. writing a personal statement.


 Ofqual registered / OFQUAL approved

esb-logoBlackburn Rovers International Education nocn-logoAcademy is registered with two Ofqual approved awarding bodies, NOCN and the English Speaking Board (International).

Ofqual is a UK government department which regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

 ASIC accreditedASIC-logo

Blackburn Rovers FC International Education Academy’s UK campus is accredited by Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC).

ASIC accreditation helps students and parents make a more informed choice and will also help a school, college, university, training provider or distance education provider, demonstrate to the international student body that they are a high quality institution.

 Universally recognized qualifications

You will be offered an approved English language assessment, which is mapped to the European Qualifications Framework (CEFR). The certificates are recognised throughout the UK and in other parts of Europe and the world by employers and education providers.


What makes Blackburn Rovers International Education Academy special is that your lessons are actually in the football stadium, Ewood Park. As a student of the academy you will have access to:

✓ Football media suite
✓ Computer suites
✓ Classrooms with interactive whiteboards
✓ Free unlimited Wi-Fi
✓ Café/bar
✓ Club shop
✓ Student common areas
✓ Onsite parking
✓ Training facilities

See photos of our facilities, click here.


After your English classes, you have the chance to get training from FA approved coaches, and the opportunity to watch our first team train. Our coaches train players to build up a wide range of skills and techniques, and are selected and trained by the club. Every coach is FA qualified and has the experience to develop young players at a professional level.



Senior Football Development Officer

✓ 25 years coaching experience
✓ UEFA A Licence Coach and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma (USA)
✓ 36 other coaching badges including Youth Modules 1/2/3, FA Youth Award and FA Academy Manager’s Licence
✓ Former Blackburn Rovers FC youth apprentice 1980-1982
✓ Member of the Professional Footballers’
✓ Member of XPRO
✓ Member of the FA Licenced Coaches’
✓ DBS registered



Head of Futsal

✓ 9 years coaching experience
✓ Former professional footballer
✓ UEFA B Licence Futsal coach and FA Level 2
✓ Youth Modules 1 and 2
✓ Member of the Professional Footballers’
✓ Member of the FA Licenced Coaches’
✓ DBS registered


Our packages include everything you will need to excel in your studies.:

English language tuition

This includes:

✓ 15+ hours of English language tuition
✓ Initial and diagnostics assessments at the start of your course
✓ Individual Leaning Plan
✓ Personal tutor
✓ One to one tutorials
✓ Exam fees

Learning materials

This includes:

✓ Your very own laptop during your stay with us
✓ Stationary for your studies
✓ All course books and learning materials
✓ Access to our online learning platform

The Blackburn Rovers FC experience

This includes:

✓ We give you match day tickets to all home games
✓ The opportunity to meet the first team players and the manager
✓ Watch the first team train

Social Activities

There are different activities every week, which your tutor will tell you about. These range from film nights to meeting up for a game of football with our UK students. We let you decide. We encourage you to take part in these activities, as they are an opportunity to use the language you have learned in the classroom.


You can develop a better understanding of British culture by going on some of our trips away on our minibus. These will include day trips to cities nearby such as Manchester and tours of other football clubs. There will also be trips to the English seaside and to places of exceptional natural beauty.

Food & Drink

We understand that you cannot study when you feel hungry, so we will provide you with lunch in the stadium from Monday to Friday. There is water available in the classrooms.

Free Blackburn Rovers kituniforms

We provide you with the Blackburn Rovers football kit. This includes:

✓ Blackburn Rovers shirt
✓ Pair of shorts
✓ 2 pairs of socks
✓ 1 water bottle
✓ 1 bag

24 hour personal support from our welfare team

We understand that it is not easy being away from home and that is why we provide you with a 24-hour helpline. Whatever the problem and whatever the time of day, you can always contact us for help.

Free WiFi broadband access


Pocket money

If you need help finding accommodation, we are happy to help. The two main choices on offer are Homestay accommodation with host families or local hotel accommodation. Please see our Accommodation page for more information.