This exciting initiative allows a combination of ex-academy players and young local talent aged 16-19 to develop their footballing ability in the hope of moving into professional football through Barnsley Football Club, whilst also studying on Reds in the Community’s equally impressive education setup, gaining either a BTEC, or a foundation degree in football coaching.
Players will train daily in a professional environment and develop under FA qualified coaches from both Reds in the Community and the Barnsley FC Academy, whilst also having access to impressive on-site facilities including physiotherapy, the gym and performance analysis equipment.
Our Shadow Scholars will also get the chance to represent Barnsley FC in the U19’s National Youth League and National Cup as they compete against other professional football clubs across the country.
There is also the opportunity for players to go on football tours, as the U19’s travelled to Barcelona, whilst previous students have also trained at St George’s Park and been on a two-week coaching experience to Malta.
Career opportunities from the programme include, but are not exclusive to: