We are super excited to finally announce that we have recently put pen to paper and signed an Official Academy Partnership Link with AFC Bournemouth Academy. Following months of hard work from both organisations, Coach Jamie and Coach Niall headed down to the Vitality stadium to sign our official agreement with AFC Bournemouth Academy Staff Sam Gisborne (Academy Manager), Joe Roach (Academy Manager), Josh Dorlikar (Academy Head of Recruitment) and Josh Hanratty (Academy Recruitment Officer and Head of Pre-Academy). This exciting Academy Partnership will be hugely beneficial to all players of New Forest Football Academy and will deliver many of the following benefits throughout the season:

  • Regular Academy Fixtures between New Forest Football Academy & AFC Bournemouth Academy throughout the season from Under-6 right the way up to Under-12.
  • Senior Academy AFC Bournemouth staff to attend training sessions and fixtures once a month to monitor players throughout our programme.
  • An official pathway for NFFA players to progress into AFC Bournemouth’s Premier League Academy.
  • Opportunities for players to attend Academy fixtures at the Vitality Stadium (FAYC & PLC).
  • Regular meetings between New Forest Football Academy staff and AFC Bournemouth Recruitment Officers in relation to monitoring players and progress updates of identified players within our programme.

All the staff at New Forest Football Academy are incredibly excited to start our Official Academy Partnership with AFC Bournemouth, as it offers our players a very unique opportunity to develop and progress across our Academy pathway into Professional Football at AFC Bournemouth. With a staggering 43 former New Forest Football Academy players already progressing into Professional Academies with season long contracts, we are very excited to be able to provide our players an extremely effective player development programme enabling players to gain the required skills to be the best that they can be with the very best opportunities to progress.