Our academy players train weekly with UEFA A and B licence coaches and take part in fixtures across a range of different competitions. Players get to compete in the 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 1, 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 4/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. 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.
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