Ackworth School: Football Academy scholarships on offer

Ackworth School in Pontefract is searching for young, talented players who are looking to develop their football careers – alongside receiving a top-class, independent education.

Promoted by Ackworth School
Thursday, 26th May 2022, 4:20 pm
Ackworth School’s football academy is an elite football development programme
Ackworth School’s football academy is an elite football development programme

Football trials will take place on Friday, June 3, from 10am-3pm. For further information and to book your place at the trials visit

With teams at under 19, under 16 and under 13, the school’s football academy is an elite football development programme for boys, directed by Jamie Fullarton, a former Premier League footballer and qualified UEFA Pro Licence coach.

The academy not only benefits from an internationally-renowned coach, it utilises the outstanding facilities at Ackworth School including five full-sized pitches, an all-weather pitch and an indoor training area.

The academy’s home ground is a nearby state-of-the-art 3G pitch.

Over the jubilee weekend, the School will be running football trials for keen players looking to join any of the three teams in September 2022 and secure one of the 100% scholarships available.

The day will include the opportunity to learn from the very best within a training session led by Jamie Fullarton himself, followed by a competitive game. Attendance is free and lunch will be provided for participants.

With limited spaces available, this rare opportunity is one not to be missed.

Ackworth School is searching for young, talented players

In close proximity to major clubs such as Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton, academy players study for their GCSE’s or A Levels alongside taking part in at least 20 hours of training per week.

The education here isn’t limited to just playing however as those involved in the academy benefit from exploring alternative careers within the football industry including journalism, analysis and coaching.

“Ackworth’s Football Academy programme enables students to train for a role in football and receive a first-rate education at the same time. It’s ideal for pupils interested in pursuing a future in the football industry.” Jamie Fullarton, Football Academy Director.

Ackworth School is the UK’s oldest co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 2-18.

Develop a football career alongside receiving a top-class, independent education.

A dynamic and forward-thinking school, they strive to develop resilient individuals who not only think creatively but also act ethically and responsibly.

They encourage students to express themselves with confidence, to embody the Quaker value of speaking respectfully to others, but also in a way that is true to themselves and their beliefs.

Located in a beautiful rural setting in Yorkshire, the school offer broad educational opportunities from Nursery age to Sixth Form, for day pupils and boarders.

The school is delighted to offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to ensure that an Ackworth education is accessible to all regardless of their background.

Scholarships recognise the exceptional talents of young people and are awarded on the basis of merit however bursaries are available up to the value of 100%.

Such bursary awards are means-tested. Pupils who are successful in being offered a place in the football academy must also meet the academic standards of the School.