The football academy provides a great opportunity to combine football development with academic progress, and explore pathways within both areas. Players don’t have to choose between their love of football and their academic ambitions, the academy provides the structure and facilities to maximise both. The programme is taught both in the classroom and through practical coaching sessions on our 4G all weather pitch. Players can enjoy a range of additional facilities, which include our excellent gym, studio and sports massage clinic.
Players receive 5-7 hours of training every week and have the chance to compete in a number of competitions, including the highly regarded National League Youth Alliance League and FA Youth Cup. With a history of nurturing local talent we are hugely proud of our recent achievements which include: 3 successive FCYA League titles, 2 Hampshire Cup Finals in the last 3 seasons and a semi-final place in the FCYA National Cup in 2015. Our success has been built upon a combination of player application and work ethic, and passionate UEFA and FA qualified coaches. Together they created a positive and challenging coaching environment, designed to grow players understanding of the game and utilise technical abilities alongside a greater appreciation of tactical aspects. With a strong football coaching programme in place, players will also receive a mixture of classroom and practical sessions delivered by qualified Sports Lecturers. Sessions will explore a wide range of areas within the sports industry, offering a platform to consider employment and apprenticeship opportunities in sport, as well as progression to university.
Our Academy programme has seen some really exciting player progression in recent years. Charlie Searle, Jake Gale, Liam Kimber, Marley Ridge and Nathan Ashmore have all successfully graduated from the academy, and this season we have added Alfy Whittingham, Tom Cain and Dan Penfold to that list. Alongside direct progression to the senior squad we have had a number of male and female players achieve scholarships in the US. Our aim is to continue to grow the programme and form an integral position for Havant & Waterlooville Football Academy in the local community, and provide a foundation for player development, on and off the pitch. Lee Bradbury and Shaun Gale are often involved in training the Academy squad and Club Director Trevor Brock is a long-serving member of the Board which runs the League.
Alongside the football programme players have the opportunity to select from a broad range of courses ranging from BTEC Level 1 Sport through to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Preface & Excellence. All of which is delivered in association with South Downs College, which hosts contemporary well-equipped classrooms, sports coaching and science facilities, all within its welcoming vibrant campus.
We look forward to next season and working with new players alongside those who have already begun their journey with Havant & Waterlooville Academy.