Frickley launch full-time development academy

Frickley Athletic's ground.
Frickley Athletic's ground.

Frickley Athletic are launching a full-time development academy aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds.

It will be based at the Big Fellas Westfield Lane stadium and will see students work towards a BTEC Sports qualification as well as developing skills in English, maths, ICT and personal and social development.

They will train three to four days a week and play games on Wednesday afternoons in the English Schools College League. For those that excel there will also be opportunities to represent a Frickley Athletic team in the FA Youth Cup.

The development academy will provide a playing and education programme designed to rapidly develop young players while making sure each student gains an excellent education at the same time.

The football element of the course is delivered by UEFA qualified and experienced coaches, including Frickley’s first team manager and Sheffield Wednesday youth development coach Spencer Fearn, ex-professional footballer and Athletic assistant manager John Stancliffe and A licence coach Andy McKnight, who was previously with Walsall, West Brom and several teams in Scandinavia, along with the BTEC Coaching team.

Frickley first team manager Fearn said: “We have seen the success of the academy based in Rotherham that competes in the National Youth Alliance over the past two years and have had three Academy players made their first team debuts.

“We are very much a club that promotes the inclusion of young players and player development is at the heart of what we do across the football club.

“It is an exciting programme for players to take part in and represent Frickley Athletic in the various leagues and also the FA Youth Cup.”

The development academy is for those that are currently year 11, 12 or 13 students. The club will make a further announcement about the full playing structure in the coming weeks.

Open trials will be held in early April. To register your interest email or call or text 07743061264.

Include your name, date of birth, contact details, GCSE results or predicted GCSE results and playing history. Quote: Frickley Development Academy.

Frickley are looking to recruit a BTEC sports tutor/ football coach who will be responsible for delivering the core delivery of their study programme that starts in August.

The job will entail preparing and teaching study programme courses, including functional skills, PSD/employability and the delivery of the BTEC sports qualification to the Frickley Athletic Football Academy side. Also involved will be assessing, supporting and developing learners to gain qualifications that will enhance further education and/or career prospects.

Part of this role will also be to deliver football coaching sessions and manage the academy team that will be play in the English Colleges League.

Start Date is June 1, 2018. Induction period and work shadowing will be held at Grade 2 Ofsted and Sunday Times Top 100 Company LifeSkills, in Rotherham. The tutor job will be based at Frickley Athletic Football Club, South Elmsall and they will report to the club’s chief executive and first team manager with hours of work, Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours a week and salary £22,000 - £24,000 a year.

Anyone interested can e-mail a covering letter and CV to director Ryan McKnight at by March 16, 2018.