Under 9-Under 16 Education

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Northampton Town FC has a rich and proud tradition in developing footballers through the club’s Academy that have gone on to not only represent our 1st team but have also gone on to play in the Premier League and internationally. From under 9 through to under 16, the Academy players follow the part time model for their education, meaning that during the week, they remain at their primary/secondary schools to complete their formal education and come to the club to train in the evenings, with games at weekends.

Our Education Department has several roles to play:

  • We aim to keep track of the education progress made of all of our Academy players to ensure that they are not only achieving their academic potential but are also displaying the values and attitudes expected of all Northampton Town FC players. Regular contact is maintained with schools of all Academy players and visits to schools can be arranged to see players at their schools to provide support for both players and the schools.
  • The 2018/19 season saw us roll out our new Academy player life skills programme and this will be further implemented during the 2019/20 season. Throughout each Academy season, we aim to deliver a series of life skills sessions to players on a range of topics to help them develop both as a footballer and as a person. Topics include, bullying and relationships, diet and nutrition, social media awareness and mental health and well-being.
  • We also play an important role in providing support and guidance for all of our under 16 players to support their transition into their post-16 destination, whether that is at Northampton Town on to a full youth team scholarship or Football & Education Programme place, or whether their future lies away from the club. This support is available for all under 16 players right up to the end of the under 16 season so they can get advice and guidance to ensure they find a suitable pathway to follow as they continue into post-16 education.

For all enquiries about under 9-under 16 education at Northampton Town, please email pete.stephenson@ntfc.co.uk

To find out more about the player pathway at Northampton Town FC for players up to 16, please visit www.ntfc.co.uk/teams/academy