A strong 9 months for the Boro Academy

When Marc Wardley stepped in charge as Farnborough Academy Manager nearly 12 months ago, who would have thought he could transfer the current Academy then into a title contending force to be reckoned with.

It was no secret, that the Farnborough Academy side last year, with students supplied by SCL, were not performing well in the League. Having lost 13 out of their opening 17 games the Academy were struggling at the bottom of the Conference Youth Alliance. Marc Wardley, who is a UEFA A qualified coach, stepped in late last March to see out the remaining 7 league fixtures that the Academy had. Even in that short space of time, Marc and the same squad of players – with a few new additions – managed to pick up 7 points from there remaining 21 available.

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With the season beginning, Marc had and still has a squad of 23 college players along with some additional non education players who complete their Conference Youth Alliance list. Already this season, the Farnborough Academy have picked up 11 League wins, and have lost just 5 times in the Youth Alliance. Playing against some tough competition in Division ‘D’ the Academy have already secured some excellent wins including a double over local rivals Woking and an excellent away victory to current League leaders and reigning Champions Havant & Waterlooville. With just 5 games to go, the Academy find themselves 4th in the league table, with plenty of games in hand over 2nd and 3rd place Tooting & Mitcham United and Hampton & Richmond Borough.

This season as well, we are living proof of a successful academy pathway into the first team, with 5 Academy players signed onto the First Team and have featured many times already this season in the Ryman League Premier Division. As well as this many academy players have had the chance to showcase themselves to Spencer Day and colleagues regularly at training sessions.

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Along with the Intense football scheme comes the second half of the full time programme run by Knights Group – The Education.

The education gets completed onsite within the excellent open space available at Farnborough FC. The light open classroom, overlooking the football pitch is a positive and bubbly environment which all the lads work in on a day to day basis. Under the watchful eye of Academy Tutor Oliver Saunders, all students will work towards their BTEC Level 3 in Sport, as well as having the chance to sit Functional Skills or resit their GCSE’s in English and Maths should they not have the C or above grades. The course is the equivalent to 3 A levels and allows each individual enough UCAS points to go onto Higher Education in Universities should they chose that pathway. We also have excellent links to enable players the chance to go out to America for the USA Scholarship programmes.

If you wish to be part of this experience for the next academic year, starting September 2016, get in contact with Marc Wardley via email: marc@knightsltd.co.uk to find out about upcoming trial dates. The next trial will be held on the 31st March in the Easter half term.

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We’d like to thank you all for your support thus far this season, and we hope to continue to grow and develop the Academy players into First Team players.

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