BALHAM FC FOOTBALL ACADEMY AT SFX COLLEGE
Team Coordinator James Scott
Balham FC / SFX Football Academy is a fulltime Football and Education programme that was launched in September 2017. It has strong links to the Balham senior squads, with some of the players on it having been selected for both the Firsts and Reserves this season. Developing Academy players to progress through the ranks to play for the club at senior level is a key priority of the programme. A number of players also have the opportunity to progress onto Football Scholarships in the USA once completing the course.
Players complete a Sport Science Level 3 Btec or alternatively a Business Studies Level 3 Btec, which is the equivalent to 3 A-Levels. They have the opportunity to train twice a week on an excellent full size 3G pitch, with high calibre coaches, who include a former Mexican international player, who has played in the World Club Championship. They also do an indoor futsal session (coached by an international Futsal player), Strength and Conditioning in the college’s state of the art gym and take part in video analysis of their own games. Those that merit it also get to train with the Balham senior squads at evening sessions during the week.