12:00am, Tue 10th Jul 2007
The programme usually involves studying for the BTEC National Diploma in Sport alongside a regime of high-intensity football training.
The National Diploma in Sport is a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to a number of careers including physiotherapy, sports coaching, sports development, the fitness profession or sports teaching, alternatively, students may opt to continue their studies by attending University. There is the possibility of studying other subjects providing that the timetable does not conflict with the football training.
The football training allows for 6 hours of coaching per week by fully qualified UEFA 'A' licencensed coaches with teams playing in the u18 Southern Youth League and the u19 Football Conference Youth League. The football education also provides the opportunity to complete coaching, referee and first aid courses.
Since its inception in 2003 the newly structured Academy has been hugely successful (see achievements below) we have seen some good local talent emerge - contracts have been awarded to players coming through the youth team each year as follows :
2004-05 Phil Parsons.
2005-06 Sam Cockerill and Matt Ruby ( Lee Allum and Alex McGregor played for the 1st team but were not offered contracts ).
2006-07 Matt Ruby, Sam Cockerill, Giuseppe Sole, Jerome Maledon, Aaron Howe.
2007-08 Matt Ruby, Giuseppe Sole, Jerome Maledon.
Youth Academy Achievements 2006-07
U18 Surrey FA Midweek Invitation Cup Winners (retained from the previous year).
U18 Southern Youth League West Division Champions (won this 3 years running).
U18 Surrey FA Youth Challenge Cup Winners (retained from the previous year).
U18 FA Youth Cup won though to the Second Round Proper for the third year in a row.
U19 Football Conference Youth League Southern Division Champions (retained from the previous year).
U19 Football Conference Youth League National Champions (first time we have won this one).
In an attempt to build on that success starting in September 2007 the Club is expanding the Youth program by establishing a second Academy in collaboration with Guildford College / Merrist Wood, both Colleges will operate on a similar basis.