Our football academy gives students the opportunity to excel their skills and aim to play at the highest level possible. We aim to make the centre as close to a professional academy as possible through talented staff and an unwavering dedication towards our sport.
By tailoring our coaching around student’s timetables, we have created the perfect balance of ‘learn and play’ between academic studies and sporting development. Each coach is able to spend time developing and nurturing students, and this will allow us to attract national league coaching talent to our team. They are passionate about encouraging footballing excellence and want to pass on their expertise and knowledge to the potential sporting stars of the future.
The football academy model has gained recognition as a model of excellence by the FA, Ofsted, international players and professional coaching companies. Throughout the last few years this type of programme has produced outstanding results and has enjoyed significant growth and achievement nationally. We will ensure that here at NEWA to mirror this success for our own students.
A number of students have produced impressive performances, both individual players and teams. We have a very talented cohort of students in current Year 11 and 10 who have gained recognition throughout their time playing for the Academy. The teams have won various cups and leagues during this and progressed to the 4th round of the English Schools Cup, therefore this would be an ideal time to give the students the opportunity to continue their development in football.
We have had seven students who have represented the Wolverhampton Schools district teams and four players that have represented the West Midland county sides. Three students have been invited for training at various professional clubs including; Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.
The various pathways are designed to help each student maximise their potential in sport.
Club Links – Professional and Amateur Clubs
The department has extensive contacts to various prominent clubs in the West Midlands and beyond. Mr Forsyth has contacts to all the clubs he has played for and worked for during his 15 year career. Mr Spittle has worked for West Bromwich Albion’s Academy. Mr Hawley has been involved in the local football scene for a number of years and has work and played for various amateur clubs in Wolverhampton.
These are designed for students who may want a career connected to Football and Coaching. There will also be an opportunity for students to study this in America, if accepted and they have gained the necessary qualifications.
The students who wish to continue to study will be able to apply for university to continue their development. This pathway is for those students who want to follow academic subjects and become a physiotherapist, sports psychologist or a PE Teacher.
Students will be able to access Level 1 and Level 2 Football Association coaching Badges as well as a referee course or any other course they feel will benefit their learning experience.
We are committed to developing our players from school, to college and then to club standard or beyond. The Football Academy aims to provide players with a professional training programme allowing them to reach their playing potential, whilst still allowing players to focus on their studies and gain academic qualifications.
A typical academy programme includes the following (detail may change to reflect sports area):
Players who want to play football but who do not want to train to the same level as the academy can join in our team sports package. This offers training and competitive opportunities to allow players to develop. Players will still have full access to facilities and coaching staff. Team Sports run for up to five hours per week and includes competitive fixtures if selected for the teams. We currently have four men’s teams and one women’s team.
Information coming soon.