Academy Director: Michael O'Shea
Phone: 07762 636015
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The Barking FC Football Academy reflects an ethos which combines the provision of sporting excellence with a full-time education programme.

What is the Football Academy?
A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds. 
Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Who can join the Academy?
Open to talented footballers aged between 16–18 years, the Academy Programme is a must for any football enthusiast. A playing trial will be required as places will be offered based on playing ability. Places at the Academy will be offered after each trial until the availability within the current Academy squad is filled.

Where will the Academy be held?
The football and educational element of the academy will be delivered at Barking FC, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2JR.

The Education
Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL.
Year 1 - 
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport 
Year 2 - 
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

The education will be delivered by SCL Education Group who are one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport.

Government approved post-16 private education provider
Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
OFSTED Grade 2 - GOOD provision
Educated over 15,000 young adults
Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance 
Programmes delivered in real sports environments 
Proven Progression routes

The Football
Barking FC Academy was established in 2011 and has been successful both in terms of developing players to represent Barking FC First Team and supporting each student’s football development, academic and career pathways.The Academy has already created opportunities for young Academy players to play for and represent Barking FC at Youth, Reserve and First Team level.

The Academy will offer each student a unique opportunity to train and study in an environment that will facilitate each student’s academic and sporting performance over a two year programme of football and study.

Play in the Football in the National League Youth Alliance Under 19's League
Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
Guidance on individual football fitness
Nutritional advice
Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

Exit Routes
Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football, Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.

About Us

Barking Football Club established 1880. Who play at Mayesbrook Park and formerly at the Vicarage Field.

Terms of Use

Useful Links

SCL Education through sport


Where are we

Get in Touch

  • Phone:
    0203 244 0069
  • Address:
    Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, RM8 2JR