BALHAM FC FOOTBALL ACADEMY AT SFX COLLEGE
Balham FC / SFX Football Academy is a fulltime Football and Education programme for 16-19 years olds. Launched in Septemer 2017 the Academy has 25 1st year students studying a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports Science at St Francis Xavier College in Balham. The Football curriculum is delivered to the students in a fulltime training environment by UEFA qualified coaches. The squad compete in the English Colleges League and play their fixtures every Wednesday Afternoon (2:30pm KO).
The programme involves the boys taking part in 2 training sessions on a full size 4G pitch at Selhurst Sports Arena. This is also complemented by 1 Futsal session at the college delivered by international Futsal player, Dafydd Jones as well as a Strength & Conditioning session delivered in the state of the art Gym suite at SFX and finally one Video Analysis session on games played with the use of Hudl, the market leader in Video Analysis Software Worldwide.
The Academy has strong links to the First Team and Reserves Team squads with youth team players aready on the radar of the management having been selected for League games this season. Developing the Academy players to progress through the ranks to play for the club at senior level is a key priority for the programme.
Along side developing footballers, education is paramount to success of the Academy. The club wants to produce intelligent footballers who can also enter into other areas of the games such as Physiotherapy, Sports Science & Media. With strong links to Universities, Football Clubs and Sports Companies across the UK the Academy will give all students the platform to explore different career avenues of the game.
With continued success of the First Team it is imperative to create a player development pathway for local talented players in the South of London. The Club and Academy believe that we can develop and grow a Football and Education programme that will consistently provide opportunity for player development into Semi Professional and Professional football.
As the programme develops into its second year the Academy will be represented by two squads 1st and 2nd year alongside a Girls programme.
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