What is a Dual Career Football Academy?

The programme is designed to provide talented players between the ages of 16 and 21 years old with a programme which has a multi-disciplinary approach. This includes individual strength and conditioning support, education and lifestyle guidance, as well as a football coaching and competition programme delivered by UEFA qualified coaches. As this is a 50/50 dual career programme, all participants’ education or work commitments will be balanced with the training schedule.

What are the commitments for the Academy Squad?

The finalised training schedule will be communicated once trials are complete. The regional fixture programme will take place on Wednesday’s in a regional league and cup format against other College Academies.

How will the programme affect a player’s education?

We shall be taking applications from players no matter what their individual education and career paths may be. Players are expected to attend every training session for the Academy and individual queries can be discussed during trials and at the interview stage.

Having been spotted playing for Wakefield College, Belle & Abbie were invited to train with Wakefield Trinity Ladies and signed a short time later. Both went on to play in the first team and have been retained for the 2020/21 season as part of the first team squad.