The Football Academy is now in its sixth successful year at Stanley Park High and is a very popular and successful academy programme for boys wishing to prepare for a career in semi-professional or professional football.
The Football Academy is led by UEFA "A" licenced coach Ian Hazel, previously a professional footballer with Wimbledon & Bristol Rovers. Ian has also managed Carshalton Athletic, Sutton United and Tooting & Mitcham at first team level as well as coaching within Fulham & Crawley Town FC Academies.
The Academies League requires players to be coached 3 times per week by UEFA "A" & UEFA "B" licenced coaches and compete in matches once a week in addition to studying full time academic courses. Due to the time demands of the training the courses available to football academy students are limited but will include: an array of BTEC Level 2 courses or BTEC L3 Sport, AS/A2 PE, AS/A2 Biology, AS/A2 Business Studies and BTEC L3 ICT (more choices may be available dependent on option blocks).
The boys will play in the Ryman Youth League & the Conference Youth alliance leagues.
As well as the highest quality of coaching programmes, the Football Academy is located in a brand new state of the art building, where there are excellent facilities to support the academy including two football pitches, a floodlit astro turf pitch, a 400m all-weather running track, cricket nets, fitness suite and a sports hall.
Acceptance into the Academy is through trial and interview.