Merstham FC 16 - 18 Youth Academy

Merstham FC are delighted to announce the launch of our Academy programme for the 2020/21 season.

The Football Coaching & Education model will be fully inclusive and available for both Intermediate and advanced learners. We believe the programme, which is to be run in partnership with Sports Education Solutions UK, will retain, develop and attract new players to the football club.

The club believes this is the perfect time to explore this new exciting opportunity and partnership, which will no doubt help develop football and academic performance within the community of Merstham.

The Academy programme will provide and develop the following;

Excellent pathways into employability and Higher Education
First class learning environments for all levels of footballers
A comprehensive education model encompassing BTEC L3, A level & NVQ Coaching based qualifications
High quality coaching from experienced UEFA B Qualified professionals
Route into senior Football


How much football can learners expect?

Learners will partake in a minimum of 10 – 12 hours coaching each week, with sessions being held across 3 days per week.

Merstham FC 16 - 18 Academy will enter a team into the National League Alliance with games taking place on Wednesday afternoons. The Academy will also enter the Tactic League for the 2020/21 season and discussions are underway to enter a team in the U18 Youth.

How will the Education work?

Learners will have a range of educational pathways and options. Merstham FC Academy will be offering a Traineeship in Sport Coaching, as well as a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence). We will also be offering a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence)The Academy will also be exploring potential partnerships to accommodate A Level students.

The pathway of each learner is dependent upon a number of factors including previous general educational attainment, core functional skills (Maths & English) and GCSE grades. We also pay attention to learners’ school reports and the projected performance & attainment so we can manage each learners expectations and goals accordingly.

The Traineeship is a short, three-month programme whereas the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary and Extended Diplomas in Sport (Performance and Excellence) are two-year programmes. A popular combination for learners is to enrol onto the BTEC after completing the practical/vocational Traineeship programme.

Below is a typical timetable for each Academy Member;

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Training 11AM -1PM

Lesson 1:45PM - 3:45PM

Training 3PM -5PM

Lesson 11AM - 1PM

Match Day

(Typically 2PM Kick-Off)

Training 11AM -1PM

Lesson 1:45PM - 3:45PM

Other Enrichment / Employability activities such as Functional Skills

How can I enrol onto the programme?

Merstham FC will be holding regular trials during the season to assess player/learners looking to join the programme in the next pre-season. The screenings also allow us to understand the demographic of each learner and assess the feasibility.

As part of our recruitment process, the Senior Management Team will invite prospective members for an interview to determine suitability, as well as to consider and consult on the individual pathways and expectations.

Upon meeting the entry level criteria both academically and as a footballer, learners are invited to join the programme’s pre-season model in August 2020. Our Traineeship programme supports the screening process by enabling our development team to get to know each learners’ capabilities & competencies.

Subject to GCSE results learners will be invited to enrol onto one of our BTEC programmes.

If you have any questions or queries.please contact Academy Director Scott Rimmer on 07799 744092.

If you would like to be contacted regarding trial dates and to attend demonstration session, submit your contact details below

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