A group of students exercising inside the sports hall at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus


Thrive both academically and athletically with a sports course at East Durham College!

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At East Durham College, we pride ourselves on our excellence in sport Further Education.

We're all about getting the very best out of you during your time with us. That's why we provide top quality coaching staff, excellent facilities and everything you need to enhance your sporting career.

We've got loads of sport course to offer too. Whether you're interested in general sport, sports coaching, personal training or anything else, East Durham College has got you covered!

Why not check out our sports video below and get a taster of what life as a sports student at EDC is like? Give it a click!

Sports Performance Centres - Play, Train & Succeed with East Durham College

Let us introduce you to Team East Durham, EDC's very own dedicated athlete development programme.

Available for all students, we offer a number of Sports Development Centres in sports including:

Team East Durham gives you the opportunity to train with out top quality coaching staff, and the opportunity to also compete against other sporting teams from around the area.

Better still, ALL students who join a Team East Durham sports development centre are eligible for an exclusive bronze Scholarship package. For exceptionally talented athletes (for example, playing for a club or at county level), the college also offers Silver & Gold scholarship packages too.

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State-of-the-Art Sport Facilities

Whether you're out on the pitch, about to take that penalty, inside in the sports hall, lining up the perfect three-pointer or just building up your strength in the gym, EDC has absolutely everything you need to enhance your sporting career.

We've invested huge amounts in the development of our sports facilities, giving students access to some of the very best facilities in the region.

You can expect to find all of the following at East Durham College

  • Double Sports Hall - ideal for any indoor sport, with seating available for up to 500 people
  • All-Weather 3G Pitch - suitable for both 11-a-side and 7-a-side football games, as well as rugby
  • On-Site Gym, Impact Health & Fitness - with completely FREE*, complimentary access for East Durham College students while you're studying with us (*£5 induction charge)
  • Dedicated Boxing Gym - with training rings, bags, pads, gloves and everything else you'll need
  • Rugby Pitches - dedicated pitch at our Houghall campus for our rugby students
  • Professional Cricket Training Facilities - we work in partnership with Durham University, and cricket students can use their state-of-the-art facilities at their Maiden Castle campus
  • Physiotherapist On-Site - on-hand treatment for sports injuries to get you back to full fitness in the quickest time possible

On top of that, the college also provides everything you need including all of your sporting equipment and kit (some charges may apply for kit). 

Join the EDC Football Squad, in Association with Hartlepool United

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At EDC, we are very lucky to be partnered with Hartlepool United, who use our Peterlee campus as their training ground.

For young footballers, this opens up some great opportunities - you could join our 16-19 Hartlepool United shadow squad, where you get a whole host of benefits, including excellent coaching from former Sunderland player Darren Holloway, the opportunity to rub shoulders with the Hartlepool First Team, and much more!

Sound good? Click here for more information on the 16-19 Hartlepool United Shadow Squad.

For students at an exceptional standard in boxing, football and rugby there is also our Elite Sports Scholarship Programme which offer a host of extra free benefits.

EDC Cricket Sports Development Centre

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At East Durham College, we're partnered with Durham University to offer amazing cricket training to our sports students.

If you love cricket, you'll be excited to learn you'll be training at Durham Uni's Maiden Castle facilities, boasting a state-of-the-art, dedicated facility for cricket training.

On top of that, you can also be coached by former Durham, Warwickshire and Middlesex county cricketer Mel Betts.

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Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching

At EDC, we also offer an exciting two-year programme that leads to a recognised level 5 qualification in sports coaching (awarded by the University of Sunderland).

This course gives opportunities to gain additional sport & exercise qualifications, to further enhance your knowledge and skills, are accessible alongside the programme to optimise your employability. Successful completion of the programme allows optional progression on to a third year at the University of Sunderland for the full BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching. This course will allow you to develop the skills necessary for progression into careers such as sports coaching, sports development, teaching, health & fitness vocations, leisure centre/events management, physiotherapy and many more.

For more info on this course, download the flyer here.

You can also view and apply for the Foundation course here.

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our sport studies, sport science and sport coaching courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available part time course(s) for 2020/2021 are listed below:

The course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the 2020/2021 academic year. For the course start date, please check within the individual course page itself.

Available full time and/or part time course(s) for 2021/2022 are listed below:

The full time and/or part time course(s) listed below are available to apply for to be studied during the 2021/2022 academic year. All full time courses will start September 2021. For any part time courses, please check in the individual course page for their start date during 2021/22.

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