Balham FC deeply regrets that its Academy partnership with SFX (St Francis Xavier 6th Form College) terminates at the end of this academic year (31st August 2019).
The Academy was launched in September 2017 and it is hoped that 20 players will graduate this summer. Several of these have played for Balham FC’s U18 team – who recently won the CCL Challenge Cup Final – and Balham FC’s Reserves and 1st team, beating teams from Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic and Fulham over the past two years.
Both Balham FC and SFX have greatly valued the Academy Partnership and as the only club in the Borough to provide a direct pathway from Under 7s all the way up to the semi-professional First Team, Balham FC was tireless in supporting and promoting the Academy partnership and ensuring its success .
Sadly, although both Balham FC and SFX remained committed to the programme, the Academy Coordinator wanted a new financial arrangement for 2019-2020 which was simply not tenable for Balham FC. Consequently the existing programme will end in August 2019.