Aldershot Town FC U18 and U19 will train at the club’s Bourley Road Training Ground, with matches played both there and at Frimley Green Football Club.
For the 2017-18 season the Academy will compete in the:
- Bostik Youth League
- Conference Youth Alliance
- FA Youth Cup
The U18 players will be completing an education programme alongside their football development. They will gain further skills and qualifications within the sports industry.
The aim of the professional development phase is to produce players that will break through into the First Team and this is echoed in the Academies Mission Statement: “With integrity we uphold our values of Humility, Endeavour, Discipline and Respect to enable youth players the transition into our first team.”
The Aldershot Town Academy also provides a unique learning experience for its players.
Working with Virtual Learning UK (VLUK) the full-time two-year course, a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, is lead by senior education professionals and offers a qualification which is the equivalent of three A Levels.
Covering sports coaching, fitness testing and programming, sports nutrition and lifestyle, the course provides a pathway into a number of opportunities, including higher education, careers in diverse areas of sport, playing careers and further work experience. Professional football clubs create the ideal environment for career progression in a specialised sport.
Tasks and assessments are completed online via the Sportsbrain.info virtual learning platform, and will be delivered alongside a daily training schedule and competitive fixtures.
Tariff points are awarded in line with A Level points, and therefore carry the same credibility when applying for Higher Education courses. Information on the UCAS journey, and support with personal statements, is also provided by VLUK.
The course is perfect for people aged 16 – 18 with a strong interest in playing or coaching football and other sports, who are predicted five GCSE’s at grade C or above, and are committed to continuing their football, academic and vocational education.
For further information please email AcademyManager@theshots.co.uk.