Woking FC Academy


A 2-year, full-time education and football development programme for 16-18 year olds, with the option of a third year

Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
Year 3 - 1st4Sport Activity Leadership & Active IQ Health Related Fitness

Ryman Youth League/Conference Youth Alliance, Surburban League and SCL Development League

FREE for 16-18 year olds - There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit

4-5 GCSE's Level 9-4 including English or Maths, or both.
You will need to be 16 years old by 31st August, ready to start the programme in early September.

Woking FC

SCL Education Group

September 2020
For 2019 course information, please request a prospectus below.

Urnfield, Downside Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8PH

Access to University, Apprenticeships, play professional and semi-professional football,  Football coaching, Sport, Leisure and Fitness jobs.


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    • Select your chosen Academy and Book trial
    • Provide the information requested

    • Demonstrate your skills
    • Successful players will be offered an interview

    • One hour Education interview
    • Your chance to ask any questions about the education programme and show your passion for sport

    • For you and your parents
    • Hear about the Education and Football programme
    • Meet the SCL teachers and Academy coaches
    • Understand your exit routes when you graduate from the academy
    • Ask any questions

If successful you will be given a conditional offer and then accepted depending on your results in August.


Players will study a variety of nationally-recognised qualifications within sport, coaching and fitness managed by SCL. 

  • Year 1 - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
  • Year 2 - BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport
  • Year 3 - 1st4Sport Activity Leadership & Active IQ Health Related Fitness

Where required students will study Maths and English GCSE or Functional Skills.

SCL Education Group is one of the UK’s leading independent providers of education through sport

  • Government approved post-16 private education provider
  • Experts in the field of sport and education delivery with over 15 years' experience
  • Nationally recognised for high quality advice and guidance 
  • Programmes delivered in real sports environments 
  • Proven Progression routes


In addition to classroom based learning delivered by our outstanding teachers and training by highly qualified coaches, students will have access Pro-VLE, our Digital Learning Environment. Pro-VLE has been specifically designed to create a personalised, first class, digital learning experience for our students and has been tailored to support their education and development.

  • Access study resources any place and at any time
  • Simple submission of assignments online
  • Students can interact with their class, teachers and coaches using Yammer
  • Direct access to timetables, learner plans and emails 
  • Immediate access to tutor support
  • Coaches will share Football performance and grades directly with students online
  • A section of the Pro-VLE solely dedicated to information, advice and guidance on Career Progression
  • Policies, Procedures, bursary forms and safeguarding information available at the click of a button
  • FREE Microsoft Office 365


  • Play in the Football in the Ryman Youth League/Conference Youth Alliance and SCL Development League
  • Daily training from highly qualified FA coaches
  • Guidance on individual football fitness
  • Nutritional advice
  • Regular appraisal to monitor development both on and off the pitch

There will be a subsidised cost for purchasing training kit at the start of the season. Further details about this will be provided upon the player’s acceptance into The Football Academy. 

At Woking Football Club we aim to develop each player to reach their full potential with the hope that they will eventually achieve First Team standard. To be able to achieve this outcome, it is vitally important that we recruit only those young players with outstanding football ability.

The Academy prides itself on its growing reputation and the atmosphere of the club which enhances a positive learning environment. We provide a comprehensive technical training programme, which has a guided repetition style of coaching where players are exposed to a number of technical sessions on a regular basis. 

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Matt Howard was joined Woking FC in 2005 and was appointed as Academy Manager and Head Coach when Graham Baker took over the running of the First Team in 2009.

Matt’s coaching career started out helping at Corinthian Casuals before getting an opening at 20 with Gerry Murphy as part of the Fulham system. This involved working with Nescott College, linked to the club, before Matt graduated to running the South East Department overseeing a team of coaches and training camps.

At 24 he became First Team manager of Chessington United, leading them to their highest points total and league placing. Matt also became Assistant Manager at Corinthian Casuals as well as Academy Manager at Wimbledon.

Now in to his fifth year as Manager of the ever-expanding Woking Academy, Matt has lead the U18's side to The FA Youth Cup 2nd Round twice against League opposition, and there’s been four League titles won alongside two cups.


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The Football Academy will be based at Urnfield, Downside Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 8PH

Sports Education Prospectus

Kick off your career in sport
Request a copy of our Sports Education Prospectus to find out more about our programmes and how you can kick off your career in sport.
  • SCL are pleased to announce that they are Finalists for the Apprenticeship Provider of the Year!

  • SCL are an Ofsted registered Childcare provider.

  • SCL have partnered with De Montfort University to launch a Sports Coaching Degree programme,

  • The Flame Awards are the largest celebration of innovation and excellence from across the sector.

  • SCL are strategic partners with UKactive.

  • EU EFS

  • Matrix

  • Traineeships are a stepping stone to future success for young people, businesses and the wider economy.

  • Our Saturday Soccer Coaches are FA qualified, Level 2 and above

  • SCL's School Sport Apprenticeship programme has been designed specifically to give those wanting a career in coaching and physical education the skills, knowledge and qualifications to help make it happen.

  • SCL is an employer partner of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

  • SCL were awarded an Ofsted outstanding in 2015 for their Holiday Activities.

  • HITZ is Premiership Rugby’s award-winning education and employability programme.