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17 October 2016

Joining forces for your career

Do you want to represent AFC Wimbledon and continue your studies at the same time?

Our academy are holding trials next week for young footballers who wish to combine playing the game with their education at Southfields Academy.


Trial dates: Monday 24 and Wednesday 26 October

Time: 2.30pm – 5pm

Southfields Academy, 333 Merton Road, London SW18 5JU Venue:


AFC Wimbledon Football and Education programme offers potential recruits the opportunity to continue their educational learning while participating in a fully comprehensive training and playing programme.

Students will be able to gain a BTEC Level Diploma qualification in sports development, coaching, and fitness as part of the academy. As well as this, we teach the theoretical side of fitness by educating students on physiology, sociology and the cultural side of football. Studies take place utilising state-of-the-art facilities at Southfields Academy, based in Wandsworth.

On the pitch, students are given the opportunity to be taught by UEFA qualified coaches to help develop their football skills, while competing in an U-19 league to help them understand real game experiences.

In many ways it mirrors the Academy apprenticeship and has proven to be a successful vehicle to provide players with an excellent grounding in sports and football.


 on the official  on our official You Tube channel. More details about the programme are also available via our designated  video  to view a video by BBC Radio London about the partnership. For more information, view our  Southfields Launch  is in the top percentile of schools nationally for value-added results. Our partnership launched with Southfields earned press attention in local and national media. Click on  Southfields Academy


 You must be current year 11. If you are interested in applying to join then please email us at: Please include the subject line: ‘Football & Education Programme Trials’ in your e-mail.

Successful applicants typically join the first year of the programme in the school term directly following GCSE exams (year 12).  During this time, students will study a BTEC in Sports Level 3 (dependent on GCSE grades), while receiving approximately 6-9 hours per week in active training from UEFA qualified Academy coaches.The Football & Education Programme runs for a two-year period.

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