Academy & Elite Development Centre

Welcome to the Farnborough Academy section of the website.

Here you will find details of the Youth programme at the Club, with Fixtures, Results, Tables and information of all our Academy team.

Our philosophy is to develop players into the “best players they can be”. The Academy is supported by qualified football coaches and plays competitive football in The Football Conference Youth Alliance. We run our Youth teams with Farnborough Youth FC and offer a real route through to the Farnborough FC Academy and First Team.

Running out of Farnborough’s Football Ground, the Farnborough Academy is a full time programme for players aged 16-19.

Within the programme you:

  • Complete a Level 3 Extended BTEC in Sport
  • Compete in the Conference Youth Alliance
  • FA Youth Cup & KGS Development League
  • Train under a UEFA A Manager
  • Play all home games at the first team ground.

About Us

Farnborough Academy, are based at Farnborough FC. The Academy is a full time programme based around Football and Education. The Academy are for players aged between 16-18 come the 1st September.

The Academy are partnered with Education providers Knights Group Sports and all learners on the programme will have the opportunity to gain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport, with the potion to go for the Extender Diploma in Year 2. All the Education is based at the football ground, with the classroom overlooking the football pitch.

TheNationalLeagueUnder19Alliance-LogoThe football side of the programme, lead by Academy Manager Marc Wardley accompanies the College. Farnborough Academy compete in the Conference Youth Alliance and the Knights Group Sports Development League. Farnborough also enter numerous Cup competitions including the FA Youth Cup and Hampshire FA Midweek Floodlit Cup, along with other League Cup competitions.

On a typical week, the Academy will train across 3 to 4 training sessions, along with competing in 2 fixtures. Alongside this 16 hours of College work goes into our weekly schedule.

At Farnborough Academy you also have the chance to develop your English and Maths. Should you not achieve your C grade at GCSE, you will have the chance to resit your GCSE’s with us, or go through Level 1 and 2 Function skills – depending on what your final GCSE grade was.

The Staff

MarcWardleyMarc Wardley is a UEFA A Licensed Coach, and has been with the Farnborough Academy as Academy Manager since 2015.

Marc has previously worked at Clubs such as Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Bury and Aldershot Town, working with players such as England and Manchester United star Phil Jones.

 

OliverSaundersOliver Saunders is a UEFA B Licensed Coach, and is the Academy Tutor at Farnborough FC.

Oliver joined Marc at the Academy in 2015, having previously done some part time coaching with Knights Group Sports.

Oliver holds a degree in Sports Science and has previously worked in Football Clubs such as Southampton and Exeter City.

 

The Success

In Season 2015/2016, Marc Wardley’s first full Season in charge of Farnborough Academy, there were 5 players from the Academy which signed First Team papers.

Last Season, the First Team played in the Ryman League Premier Division. Harry Knight, Josh Francis and Ryan Zidyana all featured in last Season’s Farnborough FC campaign, with Ralph Karumazondo and Mo Sharif also signing First Team paperwork.

Academy Captain, Harry Knight signed his First Team papers and made his debut coming off the bench against East Thurrock United in November 2015. The week before, Ryan Zidyana and Josh Francis made their debuts, again coming off the bench against Wingate & Finchley.

With Marc Wardley being the Academy Manager and the First Team Coach along with having a good rapport with the First Team Manager, last Season nearly everyone from the Academy got the chance to train with the First Team.

As an Academy, we look to continue to build on this success and have more players featuring in the First Team in future years to come.

The Pathways

At Farnborough FC, we understand that throughout the duration of the course, individual pathways change and that is something we understand and support. Working with Knights Group Sports allows us to offer and support through the following future ventures:

  • Professional/Semi Professional Football Clubs
  • University Applications
  • USA Scholarships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Exit Trials
  • Support with CV Writing and Job Applications.

Social Media

Farnborough Academy are on numerous Social Media platforms and receive great support and interest across all accounts.

Please see below if you would like to follow us online:

Twitter Farnborough FC @FTFCACADEMY

Facebook Farnborough FC Farnborough FC Academy

Instagram Farnborough FC @ffcacademy

Twitter Farnborough FC @KnightsGrSports

Facebook Farnborough FC Knights Group Sport

Contact Us

If you’re interested about joining the Academy, or would like any further information please contact us via any of the communications below:

Email: marc@knightsltd.co.uk

Phone: 07985 710234

If you would like to support the Youth Club in any way with sponsorship, coaching, as a player or even as a supporter then please use the Contact the Academy form on this site.