Male Football Academy

Male Football Academy

The Central College / Basford United Football Academy opened its doors in the summer of 2014 following the merger of the college’s Performance & Excellence Football Programme and Basford United Football Club. The inaugural season saw the Academy’s first team gaining unbeaten to win the Conference Youth Alliance.

Academy players train daily with UEFA A and B qualified coaches and take part in weekly leagues ranging from college-specific tournaments to the first team which plays in the Conference Youth Alliance alongside some big local clubs like Mansfield Town, Ilkeston, Boston United and Kidderminster Harriers.

Alongside the training programme, players are also full-time sport students and study Levels 1, 2 and 3 Sport, as well as undertaking FA coaching badges, while also gaining vocational experience in refereeing, coaching and leadership.

The Academy prides itself on high levels of investment from coaches which includes an ongoing individual development plan for players, and two player-parent assessment evenings to track their football development.

Pathways from the Academy programme include those that have gone into the professional game, those that are involved in the first team and Under-21 team at Basford United, and also exit routes into American Universities on soccer scholarships and vocationally into the football industry.

To find out more about joining the Academy, please email the Head of Football, Martin Carruthers, on

Meet our Head of Football

Meet Martin Caruthers, our Head of Football.

Martin’s role includes:

Delivering high quality coaching sessions and overseeing the Football Academy and development of the students. Martin oversees football staff and volunteers and we have 75 male students currently enrolled. All teams compete in very competitive leagues in the English Colleges FA and British Colleges league system. The Elite squad are the current Conference Youth Alliance champions for 2014-15 season.

The college’s football development work is paramount to the success of the programme. This involves working with the Football Association, professional clubs such as Nottingham Forest, local clubs, schools and community groups to increase the standards and participation levels of local grassroots football. Success stories such as Wes Morgan, Colby Bishop & Simon Francis highlight the opportunities that this fantastic programme can provide. We provide numerous opportunities such as volunteer initiatives which can involve refereeing, coaching, event organising & work experience with our vast network of local companies & partners.

Ladies' Football Academy

The ladies’ football academy is open to 16-18 year olds who are enrolled on a full-time course.
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