The Farnborough Academy – where our philosophy is to develop players into the “best players they can be”.

The Academy is supported by our Educational partners, with the Football element supplied by a UEFA A Manager & qualified football coaches

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

Within the Educational programme you will

  • Complete a Level 3 Extended BTEC in Sport
  • Potential to go for an Extender Diploma in Year 2

Within the Football programme you will compete in

  • The Tactic Football League & Development League
  • 2 League Cups
  • The FA Youth Cup
  • Hampshire Floodlit Cup
  • Play all Home games at the First Team Stadium.
  • Attend regular first team training sessions

About Us

The Farnborough Academy is based at Farnborough FC. It is a full-time programme based around Football & Education for players aged between 16-18 on the 1st September.

We have partnered with the Education providers Knights Group Sports – and all students on the programme will have the opportunity to gain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport, with the potential 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.

On a typical week, the Academy will train across 3 to 4 training sessions as well as competing in 2 fixtures. Alongside this, 16 hours of College work makes up our weekly schedule.

At the 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 re-sit your GCSE’s with us, or go through Level 1 and 2 Function skills – depending on what your final GCSE grade was.

The Success

We are pleased to advise that there have been a number of players who have signed 1st Team papers with the club, and have gone onto make their debuts for the team. This progression not only shows that hard work by the students can bring results, but also underlines the philosophy of the club of nurturing local talent where it can.

CJ Fearn; Harry Knight; Ryan Zidyana; Josh Francis; Mo Sharif; Ralph Karumazondo; Ethan Allen; Jordan Goater; Ethan Holland; Elijah Anyan & Brett Cunningham have all played for Farnborough FC.

The Academy also has a good rapport with the First Team Manager – enabling the Students to get 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 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.
  • ETF and Prevent sessions

Social Media

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

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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:


Phone: 07896593313

If you would like to support the Academy 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.