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On 20 July 2020, Farnborough Football Club announced a deal with education provider Virtual Learning UK for the newly-launched Farnborough Football Academy (FFA).


Established in 2008, VLUK provides a range of services to the education sector, from CPD and teacher training, through to full time education programmes for young people.

We are an approved government provider, educating over 1500 young people aged 16-24 each academic year at Levels 2-5.

As part of the Virtual Alliance Group, we have an impressive track record of creating, developing and delivering education projects to the sector. Our Senior team is made up of education professionals and consultants with vast experience of leadership in all aspects of delivering outstanding education programmes.

Views and Values

By analysing the views and behaviours of VLUK Directors and Senior Leadership Team, we attribute our success and continued development as education providers around these core themes:

  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Motivation.

All staff are monitored around these core themes, so that the student experience is continually enhanced. We aim to display these behaviours in a variety of ways so that our students can also learn from them.

Equality and Diversity

At VLUK we wish to create and maintain a trusting, secure and happy environment where everyone can work as equals.

All members of the VLUK community have responsibilities to promote equality of opportunity, experience and treatment and, to challenge stereotypes.

Our community consists of a diverse range of people – employees, visitors, students and parents. We need to celebrate our differences, by understanding them and enjoying the diversity this brings.

VLUK Equality and Diversity Policy 2019-2020 (Download)


As we work with young adults, we all have a responsibility towards the safety and well being of each student who attends our programmes. We expect that our staff take responsibility to:

  • Report ANY concerns of radicalisation, extremism and abuse;
  • DO NOT make decisions or assumptions themselves about whether a case is or is not radicalisation, extremism or abuse.

The designated safeguarding person for VLUK is currently Vice Principal Neil Ouldridge to whom suspicions are reported. All staff (teaching and support) are expected to be aware of the possibility of abuse and neglect and the need to maintain vigilance at all times.

VLUK Safeguarding Policy 2019-2020 (Download)

VLUK Safeguarding and Child Protection – Covid 19 (Download)

VLUK Preventing Radicalisation & Extremism Policy 2019-2020 (Download)

All VLUK staff are DBS checked prior to employment. We also hold regular staff training to ensure that all teachers, coaches and site leaders are aware of their responsibilities.

The following codes of conduct are used with staff and students to ensure that all parties understand the role they can take in keeping themselves and others safe.

VLUK Coaches Code of Conduct (Download)

VLUK Parents Code of Conduct (Download)

VLUK Players Code of Conduct (Download)

VLUK Sports Programme Code of Conduct (Download)

VLUK Team Officials Code of Conduct (Download)

Privacy Policy

How we use your personal data
Virtual Learning UK (VLUK) and our partners are committed to protecting your personal data and seek to comply with UK Data Protection Laws. As a data controller we have a legal and moral responsibility to do so and conduct regular programmes to do so as well as employ a Data Protection Officer to assist.

VLUK collects data from you at differing stages of the programme you may be on. There are two types of data we collect. We collect Special Category sensitive data (e.g health, ethnicity) and ‘other’ types but each is treated securely and legally and with transparency. For example, we will use your non-sensitive personal data for the purposes of potential application and a basic record of interest.

Our legal grounds for processing your data is Legitimate Interest. We will not share your details with any third parties unless we have your express permission to do so or another legal basis has been identified such as Legal Obligation.

Disclosure of your personal data
VLUK may have to share your personal data with Sports/Performing arts partner and Education Funding Partners. Medical professionals for the purposes of offering medical assistance in the case of an emergency and supporting you during your studies. We collect basic information such as name and email for interest registration.

We require that all these third parties to whom we transfer your data respects the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with our lawful basis. They are only allowed to process your personal data on our instructions.

International transfers
We do not process your data outside of the EEA.

Data security
Protecting your data is important to us and we have put in place security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breaches and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so where there is a risk of harm to you.

Data Retention
We will only keep your personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it.

You have the right to ask us to delete the personal data we hold about you in certain circumstances. See section 6 below.

Your rights
You can exercise certain rights in relation to your personal data that we process. These are set out in more detail here.

In relation to a Subject Access Right request, you may request that we inform you of the data we hold about you and how we process it. We will not charge a fee for responding to this request unless your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive in which case we may charge a reasonable fee or decline to respond if appropriate.

We will, in most cases, reply within one month of the date of the request unless your request is complex or you have made a large number of requests in which case we will notify you of any delay and will in any event reply within 3 months.

If you wish to make a Subject Access Request, please send the request to Mark James (DPO)

Keeping your data up to date
We have a duty to keep your personal data up to date and accurate so from time to time we will contact you to ask you to confirm that your personal data is still accurate and up to date

We are committed to protecting your personal data but if for some reason you are not happy with any aspect of how we collect and use your data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (

VLUK Comments and Complaints Policy 2019-2020 (Download)

We should be grateful if you would contact us first if you do have a complaint so that we can try to resolve it for you, please email

We may change this Privacy Notice from time to time and shall notify you of any changes.