Post 16 Football Academies

The Albion Foundation is uniquely recognised for the quality delivery of sport and education

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We work closely with Aston Manor Academy, Sandwell College, Willenhall E-Act Academy and Invictus College (Crestwood, Ellows Hall, Kinver and Ounsdale) to deliver a range of sporting and educational opportunities. 

Screen Shot 2016-09-12 at 11.42.46The Post 16 Programmes are a two-year, full-time education and football development programme delivered by relevant school/college and The Albion Foundation football coaches. Open to talented footballers aged between 16 and 18, the Post 16 Football Academy programme is a must for any keen footballer. A trial will be required as places will be offered based on playing ability. 

Why join The Albion Foundation Football Academy?

We will provide opportunities to watch the West Bromwich Albion first team premier league matches, play at the Hawthorns Stadium and WBA Academy dome in 11 a side matches against other college academies. We have excellent links with the WBA Academy but it’s important to understand that receiving a trial is extremely rare. We also have a close link with Wolverhampton Community Sporting men’s team which currently play in the West Midlands Regional League. 

What to expect:


  • Compete in the ECFA League
  • Professional coaching by UEFA B licensed coaches
  • Emphasis on steering players toward a semi professional career in the game 


  • 2-year programme
  • BTEC Diploma in Sport

Coaching Qualifications:

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All Post 16 Academy players will receive daily training, including individual and team coaching from highly qualified FA coaches affiliated to The Albion Foundation. Players will receive guidance on their football fitness, nutritional advice and a regular appraisal to monitor each player’s development both on and off the pitch. Players will have the opportunity to represent the Club through the Learning Academy side. 

Over the two-year duration of the course, players will study a variety of nationally recognised qualifications across sport, coaching and fitness. Players will study the BTEC Diploma in Sport, delivered at Level 2 and 3 standards (A-Level equivalent), FA Coaching Qualifications together with core skills in Maths and English. Successful completion of the educational programme will enable players to follow pathways into Higher Education at selected universities or discover employment opportunities within the sport and leisure industry. Youngsters will also be encouraged to consider coaching placements and playing scholarships in the USA. 

Who will deliver the educational aspect of the course?

The Albion Foundation has developed partnerships with local schools and colleges to deliver the educational part of the course. Our current partners as mentioned before are Aston Manor Academy, Sandwell College, Willenhall E-Act Academy and Invictus College (Crestwood, Ellowes Hall, Kinver and Ounsdale). You would have to be accepted into one of these schools or colleges to be a player in our Post 16 Football Academy.

How much does it cost?

Both the football and educational elements of the Learning Academy are fully funded and therefore there is no cost to join the programme, however, there will be subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into the Learning Academy. 

For further information regarding all footballing aspect of the Learning Academy, please contact The Albion Foundation Post 16 Coordinator Lawrence Roberts on 0744 751 6421 or via email at

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For more information on The Albion Foundation and our activities, call us on 0871 271 9840.