The Woking FC Academy has been operating in its current format for almost 10 years with the aim of helping talented young footballers make progress in their sporting careers whilst continuing with their academic studies.
For the 2012/13 season the Academy will operate out of Woking College and Guildford County School offering subjects which range from 'A' Levels to Sports Coaching courses whilst in addition for the first time we will also be offering places to boys who may wish to be educated elsewhere.
The scheme includes 6 hours of coaching per week by fully-qualified UEFA 'A' and 'B' licenced coaches alongside the choice of academic studies.
The Academy will be running seven teams in the following Leagues: U18 Surrey Youth League; U18 Southern Youth League; U18 Ryman Youth League; U19 British Colleges League (Woking College); U19 English Colleges League (Guildford County School), U19 Football Conference Youth League and as in previous years we will be managing an age unrestricted side (Woking Reserves) playing in the Suburban Football League.
Since its inception in 2003 the newly-structured Academy has been hugely successful and the season 2011/12 was no exception, the most noteworthy achievement was to be crowned Champions of The Suburban Football League Premier A Division.
The Woking 1st Team squad for this season 2012/13 includes seven players who have come through the Academy:-
Kevin Betsy / Aaron Howe / Giuseppe Sole / Joe Mcnerney / Josh Griffiths / George Frith / Jack Mazzone.
There are four former Academy players plying their trade in the Football League:-
Mustapha Carayol - Middlesborough / Chris Hussey - Coventry City / Michael Boateng - Bristol Rovers / Ross Worner - Aldershot.
Whilst at the last count there were at least another 25 recent Academy exports who are currently playing in the Ryman and Conference South including:
Matt Pegler - Havant & Waterlooville
Ollie Palmer - Havant & waterlooville
Jide Ogunbote - Basingstoke
Delano Sam-Yorke - Basingstoke
Saeed Sankoh - Kingstonians
Ola Sogbanmu - Carshalton Athletic
Kevin Maclaren - Hendon
Casey Maclaren - Hendon
Jerome Federico - Hendon
Jordan Kennedy - Hendon
Charlie Moone - Hampton & Richmond
Craig Ross - Hampton & Richmond
Anson Cousins - Hampton & Richmond
There are a range of opportunities to sponsor the Academy which are available - please contact the Commercial Team on 01483 772470 or Dennis North directly on 01932 883880.