SOUTHAMPTON FOOTBALL CLUB ACADEMY
Introduction from Matt Hale, Academy Manager:
"Recognised as one of the leading academies in the country by holding Category 1 status in the Premier League's new Elite Player Performance Plan, we operate a clear pathway through our youth system and into the first team.
"Historically, our Academy has produced players year-on-year for Southampton Football Club and contributed significantly to international teams, including the current England sides across all ages and as well as the senior team.
"Today we can count more than 20 international players across the Academy from under-15 to the under-21 age groups.
"The Academy has always prided itself on developing not just young footballers but fine young men that will represent Southampton Football Club in the right way, on and off the pitch. This holistic approach forms the basis of our success in achieving a high percentage of productivity from our Academy system going onto senior football in the Premier League.
"Our club philosophy remains to produce at least 50% of our first team playing squad from the Academy. The Academy will play an attractive brand of football, consistent through all the age groups and offer a culture which has education at the forefront whilst maintaining the highest standards of integrity and honesty amongst the people who serve within it.
"Our players are at the centre of everything we do – our focus is to help them reach their full potential. The staff are highly committed and professional; the environment is world-class with our new training ground facilities we have just opened; and the opportunity to play in our first team is a realistic one."
Our academy vision is to produce a first team year-on-year made up of 50% Academy graduates who are world-class in their technical ability on the field and behaviours off the field competing on the European stage.
We have built our club on sound business principle, and the Academy and development of young players is part of that business plan. We have a philosophy that drives the development of young players because we want a team with young, home-grown players. Southampton Football Club is proven in its success at turning young potential into excellence. Over the last four years, this pathway has produced the likes of James Ward-Prowse, Luke Shaw, Harrison Reed and Calum Chambers.
How do I get a trial at Southampton Football Club?
Like most clubs, we have a network of scouts who work for the club on a local, national, and international basis, as well as other contacts. The scouts look at players from under-sixs up to professional levels and will make recommendations on players that we may consider to invite for a trial.
It is important to note that any Southampton Football Club Scout that approaches a player will have appropriate ID. Any approach from someone purporting to be from the club, but who does not have sufficient ID should not be taken seriously.
If you are approached and are unsure of the validity of the approach, please email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
and someone will be in touch as soon as possible.
Can I write in to be invited to an open trial?
At present it is not our policy to hold open trials. We always watch players at their local club/school based on recommendations before inviting them in for trial. Any player writing in for a trial to our email email@example.com should always include a fixture list for their teams along with directions and anything else that might help (e.g. club and player contact number). They should also write about their football background including information such as DOB, position, approx height and weight and the club/s played for. Any representative honours such as schools, district, county etc should also be included.
How can I be sure that my talent has not been overlooked?
Rest assured, with literally thousands of scouts representing the various clubs, if you have the required level of ability, you should be spotted. Our scouts may or may not be wearing club branded clothing. Many people don't think they have ever had a scout at their games when in fact just the opposite could be true.
I have waited years to be spotted. Should I give up?
Within reason it's never too late. Some players mature later than others, and lots of top class professionals have entered the game at a relatively late stage. Keep playing the highest standard of football possible, and never give up hope, above all always try your best as you never know who is watching!
Due to the high levels of correspondence we receive, we are unable to enter into communication and respond to everyone. Please do not repeatedly contact us, as we will keep your trial request on our files and will either be in touch or come along to one of your games if we feel you have the qualities and skills we require.
Southampton Football Club is looking for family homes that could accommodate our young players from 12-to-21 years of age.
Our Academy stars are encouraged to move away from home and live in the Southampton area preferably close to the club's Staplewood training ground in the area of Marchwood.
Saints are currently on the lookout for host families, with the club committed to Equal Opportunities as well as safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Any applicant wishing to be considered as a host family will need to demonstrate they are able to share this commitment.
We are very interested in hearing from families within the Marchwood/Hythe/Totton area for specific players that currently need immediate accommodation.
Our placements vary from short-term to long term, with some specialist accommodation, offering short notice limited accommodation for trialists and their families or holiday cover for other Host Families.
If you are interested in applying to provide a caring "home from home", then please be aware that this position is subject to a satisfactory enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure.
All applicants will be required to undergo a full assessment with our Club staff before consideration can be made as to suitability. Those intending to host children under the age of 16, will be required to work within the requirements of Private Fostering Regulations.
A monthly fee is payable to the host family for the duration of the placement.
If you would like further information on this opportunity then please email Ian Herding on firstname.lastname@example.org
Southampton Football Club acknowledges and accepts it has a responsibility for the well-being and safety of all children and young people who are under SFC’s care or using its facilities. It is the duty of all adults working in the Club to safeguard the welfare of children and young people by creating an environment that protects them from harm. The well-being of children and young people is paramount for all staff. The Club has a Safeguarding Manager who has the responsibility for the safeguarding of children and there are two Safeguarding Officers/Academy Liaison Officers who work within the Academy. These Officers have special responsibilities and are the focal point for safeguarding children. Anyone with a concern about a child’s welfare should contact either one of the Safeguarding Officers or the Safeguarding Manager, for advice in the first instance – details below:
02380 711965/079303 99213
Southampton Football Club Academy