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Combine playing with study at AFC Wimbledon

Boost your career options by signing up to programme

4 October 2017

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

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

Where and When

Trial dates: Thursday 26 October and Friday 27 October. You can attend both days.

Time: Details given upon request.

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

The Programme

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.

Southfields Academy

Southfields Academy is in the top percentile of schools nationally for value-added results. Our partnership launch with Southfields last year earned press attention in the media. Click on Southfields Launch to view an article about the partnership.

Age criteria

You must be current year 11. If you are interested in applying to join then please email Andy May at . to register your interest. Please subject title your e-mail "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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