WHO WE ARE

ABOUT US

New Forest Football Academy is a Football Academy set up that is based in the New Forest, Bournemouth and Southampton area for children aged 3 to 12. The Academy offers a complete football pathway for total beginners at entry level, through to our Elite Development Centres who are invited to regular fixture festivals and match opportunities with Professional Football Academies. In the last four years, 42 of our Academy players have progressed into Southampton FC, AFC Bournemouth, Brighton FC & Hove Albion FC & Peterborough United FC Academy Squads, with a further 90 players progressing into Premier League Development Centres.

In 2022 Harry Thomas became the first former New Forest Football Academy player to sign a Professional Football Contract with Peterborough United FC. Harry put pen to paper on a Two-Year Professional contract, keeping him at the club until 2024.

It is our vision at New Forest Football Academy to develop each and every player to reach their full potential both as a player and as a person. We understand that every player is different, developing at different rates and learning in different ways. This is why we have a long term player development plan at every Academy Training Centre that we run. By 2025 we aim to produce a Contracted Professional Footballer, after completing an Academy Scholarship at a Professional Football Club.

THE NFFA WAY

At New Forest Football Academy, our coaching syllabus is centred around the individual player focusing on Ball Mastery, Aerial Control, Dribbling and Shooting. We want to encourage players to be as brave and confident as possible, being exceptionally fearless when in 1v1 situations both on and off the ball. All players from entry level to our Elite Squads will be encouraged to become masters of the ball, with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how to perform various Beat the player moves, turns and ball manipulations. We never criticise a player or restrict them from doing certain things on the pitch. Instead, we encourage them to be the best player that they can possibly be and give them the tools required to progress onto the next level. 

ACADEMY PLAYER PATHWAY

Our Academy Player Pathway enables players to join New Forest Football Academy with a varied level of experience, from complete beginners to highly skilled youth football players who are pushing to progress into Premier League Academies.

The objective of the New Forest Football Academy coaching curriculum is to develop players to enable them to:

1. Have the nescessary skills and attributes to progress into the next tier of our pathway or into a Pro Academy.


2. Possess the characteristics of the model New Forest Football Academy player.


3. Carry the NFFA DNA into training and matches away from our fixtures and training sessions.