Football & Education

Fulham FC Foundation’s Football and Education programme gives talented young individuals the opportunity to gain a football scholarship whilst continuing their academic studies in a full-time football and educational programme.

The programme, aimed at 16-18 year olds, helps provide students with the best opportunity to gain A-Level and BTEC qualifications whilst competing like a professional footballer and training every day.

Within the programme they combine technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects in order to develop the individual holistically as well as providing them with the pastoral support in order to help them manage the balance of being a student athlete. This entitles them to access to physiotherapists and strength and conditioning coaches who will support individual development physically by tailored programmes and nutritional advice.

In addition to supporting individuals academically, the programme looks to challenge players’ football ability by competing at the highest level outside of academy football. The teams compete in the FA Youth Cup, Conference Youth Alliance League, Southern Youth Floodlit League and the Premier League/Football League Development League where the most talented players have opportunities to trial at local semi-professional and professional clubs as well as being supported through college scholarship applications.

Key benefits include:

  • Access to high quality coaching and daily access to a UEFA qualified coaching team
  • Branded match and training kit
  • First Team match tickets
  • First class coaching from a Premier League team
  • Injury support from Fulham physiotherapists
  • Occasional use of Fulham FC training facilities
  • Visit to the Club's medical facilities and Training Ground
  • Behind the scenes look at Fulham Football Club
  • Mentoring of students by football coaches
  • Support with academic studies by specialists at the Club
  • Additional sports coaching qualifications alongside studies
  • Opportunities for work experience and volunteering with Fulham FC Foundation
  • Potential employment opportunities.

This programme is open to talented footballers aged between 16–18 years. A playing trial will be required as places will be offered based on playing ability. Trials are run throughout the season, for further information please contact the Football & Education Manager:

Our football and education programmes run out of three educational institutes:

  • Harris Academy, Merton
  • Harris Academy, Beckenham
  • Sedgehill School, Lewisham

For the latest information on trials at our Harris Academies, please click here.