Innovative schools: Harefield Academy grows footballers for Watford FC

February 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

I think this is really interesting: The Harefield Academy, a specialist sports college which is just down the street from Watford FC, takes on young players who have been fielded by the club. The players are on a specialised timetable: their day starts at 8:15 AM, they have three training sessions a week during school time, and go home every day at 6:30. This means the players get up to 20 hours a week of training (most clubs’ school-age players only get 6) while still getting a full-time education. The school has brokered a deal with the club, as vice-principal Paul Quinn explains:

“We receive a one-off payment of £1,000 from the club if one of our players makes his debut in the first team, which happened with Gavin Massey last season,” Mr Quinn said.

“We also take a small percentage of any transfer fee, should a player who attended Harefield be sold on to another club.”

via These Rooneys in the making could net their school a healthy profit – News – TES Connect.

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Entry filed under: Education & Children's Services.

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