Ilkeston FC Football Scholarship Programme 2017/18

We are always looking to recruit the next generation of football talent to add to our current successful crop of young players.

Academy manager Steve Welsh oversee the development of the Academy that has already seen over 45 scholars progress through the system to go on and represent the first-team. Ilkeston FC Academy run their Football Scholarship Scheme in partnership with SCL Education, an experienced private training provider based in the South East of England. SCL currently deliver a wide range of quality full and part-time vocational sports related training programmes in partnership with various high profile organisations and stakeholders.

Nigel Harrop, CEO of Ilkeston FC, said: “We are privileged to be able to offer young people the opportunity to achieve their sporting aspirations while studying for a wide range of sports qualifications at an excellent venue. We have a proven track record of helping young people to achieve their goals and future employment opportunities.”

Football Scholarship Programme

Ilkeston FC Academy offer a high-quality football development experience to all players with highly qualified coaches delivering the programme. It is led by vastly experienced team, Manager Shaun Goater MBE and Academy Manager Steve Welsh. Shaun a former Bermudian International, has a wealth of Football league experience with Manchester United, Rotherham, Manchester City, Notts County, Bristol City, Reading, Coventry City and Southend United playing over 550 league games scoring 219 goals. Academy manager Steve, another A Licence coach, made well over 400 appearances for various clubs both North and South of the border. He has spent the last 12 years nurturing talent with Boston United’s Academy, before joining the Robins earlier this season.

The Video Analysis Team are also a key part of our Academy Player Development Programme, with Gamebreaker used to assess the level of performance for each individual, and to monitor their role within the team structure. Analysis is used on a weekly basis with the team and often with invididuals. This helps aid there development significantly.

The competitive games programme consists of fixtures at a variety of exciting venues across the country, including the opportunities to compete against professional clubs such as Derby County,Nottingham Forest, Blackpool, Notts County, Burton Albion, Leicester City, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Huddersfield and Reading. Transport is provided on match days to and from the venue

Anyone interested in becoming an Ilkeston FC scholar for the 2017-18 season should apply by email to: [email protected] where one of our team will get in touch.


Or head over to SCL's website to see all our latest trial dates and sign up for the one that suits you...


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