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Basford United FC Education Academy

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The Basford United FC Education Academy opened its doors in the summer of 2014. The inaugural 2014-15 season saw the academy’s first team going unbeaten to win the National League Youth Alliance Regional League.

The 2015-16 season saw the team progress to the First Round Proper of the FA Youth Cup and the final of the Midland Cup. In 2015 Kimarni Smith became the programme’s first player to sign a professional contract with a footbal league club when he joined Sheffield United FC.

Come and be part of it!

Our academy players train daily with UEFA A and B licence coaches and take part in weekly fixtures across a range of different competitions. The first team plays in the National League Youth Alliance alongside some local football league clubs such as Mansfield Town and Peterborough United and big non-league clubs such as Boston United and Kidderminster Harriers. Players also get to compete in the FA Youth Cup, Midland Cup, National Colleges and Schools competitions and the AoC competitions. All players get access to a comprehensive range of fixtures across our different teams.

Alongside the training programme, players also have to study a full-time course at Levels 2 or 3 in YMCA or BTEC Sport (depending on GCSE results), undertake vocational work experience in refereeing, event organisation, coaching and leading activities. You may also have to study mathematics and English if you have not achieved GCSE grade C in those subjects.

The Academy prides itself on high levels of investment from coaches which includes an ongoing individual development plan for players, player assessments to track their football development and also get support with strength and conditioning.

There are many different playing exit pathways from the Academy programme, these include going into the professional or semi-professional game such as our first team and/or community teams at Basford United. Striker Harry Wakefield has recently signed his first contract for the first team. A number of graduates have combined football and educational routes such as University football and a sports degree programme like goalkeeper Jake Wood at Nottingham Trent University. Other graduates include Jamie McNicholas at Chowan University in North Carolina and Myron Duffy at Delta State University in Mississippi have gone on to USA University soccer scholarships and are having the time of their lives. You will also gain a wide array of vocational skills that will equip you for a range of jobs in the sport and leisure industry or that are transferable for employment in a different sector.

In the last four years over 20 players have played for our Basford United first team and given that the first team is managed by our Head of Academy Martin Carruthers you have a great opportunity to impress and stake a claim every single day in training.

Are you the next Academy graduate to our first team?

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

Meet our Head of Football, Martin Carruthers

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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 and 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 and work experience with our vast network of local companies and partners.

Ready to apply?

Have a look at the Basford United FC Education Academy courses below:

Once you have applied, please complete this Health Declaration Form and bring it with you when you come to your interview.