Junior Academy

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Bede’s coaches attend a significant number of Prep and small-sided Football team fixtures each year with a view to identifying talent.

We host an Experience Day each October for which young players are selected and invited, following which the best players are invited to join our Junior Academy, which trains every Thursday evening from 5.30-7.30pm.

Pupils can then join the Junior Academy from Year 7 (pupils who are interested in joining should email Player Development Coach David Byrne), which means that before many pupils join us in the First Year (Year 9) we know them as individuals and will have identified their strength and weaknesses.

Meeting players through our Junior Academy enables Bede’s coaches to put into place individualised action plans which last through until the First Year, with the work undertaken in the Junior Academy massively enriching players and building into them the kinds of core skills which every aspiring footballer needs.

With a fixture played at the end of each month against other local academies and professional clubs, the Bede’s Junior Academy is a singular, foundational opportunity for young players which is then capitalised upon throughout each pupils’ time in our First Year Academy, training for which takes place during the academic timetable.

Throughout the U14 season we typically field three sides, keeping careful watch on our elite players and giving them development pathways through ISFA, County or professional club opportunities while also ensuring participation rates remain high for our recreational players.

Our elite U14s will have 6 hours of training per week plus Strength and Conditioning and fixtures, leading to an approximate total of 10 hours a week at Bede’s.

With an additional 3 hours of training given to First Year Academy players every fortnight, including work with Bede’s Director of Football and full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach Tony Morriss in small groups of 8-10, our Junior Academy offers the very highest standard of personalised training and leads to the very best outcomes.

Nathan Dunn
I believe in doing the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I look to inspire the pupils at Bede's to do the same in everything they do.

Nathan Dunn, Junior Academy Coach and Head of First Year Football

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I believe in doing the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I look to inspire the pupils at Bede's to do the same in everything they do.

Nathan Dunn, Junior Academy Coach and Head of First Year Football

Coming from my background in the professional leisure industry, I can say with some authority that the opportunities Bede's students have, both in terms of coaching and facilities, are absolutely outstanding.

Dave Byrne, Director of Sport and Player Development Coach

I believe that physical fitness is one of the most important keys to a healthy body, and that it forms the basis of a creative, intellectual mind.

Tony Morriss, Strength and Conditioning Coach