We are delighted to announce a host of non-league football clubs across the South East as affiliate club partners of Academy of Sports and Education. This exclusive arrangement between Cobham FC, Erith & Belvedere and Oakwood FC will provide our academy scholars with access to the FA Youth Cup and Senior competitions.
Through the unique affiliate partnership we can ensure that we deliver a programme with continued focus on the technical, tactical, physical and social development of our young players which will provide a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable experience and bridge the gap between youth and senior football.
The partnership will involve close co-operation between the clubs, academies, senior recruitment and scouting projects.
However, the most significant aspect of the arrangement would be the opportunity for high performing scholars to represent our affiliates and compete in the FA Youth cup whilst having the opportunity to go on loan during the course of the season. Director of Football Kevin Spriggs commented ‘This initiative supports our performance pathway and extends the development opportunities for our academies. With our vast club networks in the South East we can provide valuable experiences for our academy players to help them bridge the gap towards senior football and accelerate their development. We are delighted with our partner clubs and are now looking forward to getting back started again this week’.