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Trials: boost your career

31 March 2017

Great opportunity to join academy programme

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

If so, our academy could have the answer with a designated football and education programme that could boost your career options.

Trials are being held for young footballers who wish to join this programme with more information below.


Monday 10 April and Wednesday 12 April (Easter Holiday ). You can attend both days. Trial dates:

Time: Please contact with interest to get details of timings.

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 a 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.


  channel. The picture above shows (left-right) AFC Wimbledon Chief Executive Erik Samuelson, Southfields Academy Principal Jaqueline Valin, Will Nightingale and Alfie Egan.You Tube on the official website where you can also find a video about the course on our  page   by BBC Radio London about our partnership with Southfields Academy. More details about the programme are also available via our designatedvideo  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. View a  Southfields Academy


 You must be current year 11. If you are interested in applying to join then please e-mail Stuart Page or Andy May register your interest. Please subject title your email “Trial Attendance”.  

The Football & Education Programme runs for a two-year period. 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. Successful applicants typically join the first year of the programme in the school term directly following GCSE exams (year 12).

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