New Football Academy Partnership

December 2019


Dylan and Daniel have both signed contracts with the Football Academy.

This academic year we have launched an exciting new partnership between King James I Academy and Shildon AFC. The partnership will allow footballers of all standards to progress their skills whilst studying an academic qualification.

As a member of the Football Academy, students can choose to study a Cambridge Technical in Sport or A’ Level and BTEC courses in a variety of other subjects. Football Academy members will participate in three training sessions each week and take part in one competitive match. Talented players will also have the opportunity to train and play for Shildon AFC First and Reserve Teams.

King James already has already developed a close working partnership with Shildon AFC as students have trained on their pitch and been able to attend home fixtures, however they are really keen to develop the relationship further and provide more opportunities for young talented footballers.

Last month, we held out first Open Evening at Shildon AFC and those interested in joining the Football Academy had the opportunity to attend a presentation, take a tour around the ground and changing facilities, and take part in a sample training session on the pitch. It was a very successful evening and one which we hope to repeat throughout the year to provide more opportunities for students to enrol.

This month, Dylan H and Daniel M attended the Shildon AFC match against North Shields as special guests, and following this they signed a contract for the King James Football Academy for the next academic year; Daniel Moore, the Shildon player/manager and Dion Raitt the Football Academy Manager, were both present to witness this. Dylan H has already attended two training sessions with the First Team because of his talent.

Also in December, King James hosted a Year 11 Futsal tournament and winners received their medals and trophy from Shildon players Ben Trotter and Daniel Moore.