The club operate an U/19 Football Academy in partnership with South Coast College who provide the accompanying education programme. The Academy is controlled by the club's coaching partner Skiltek under the direction of Head Coach Dean White. The Academy's aim is to offer opportunities to talented footballers to gain an insight into the requirements of professional football and for those that make the grade access to the U/21 development and first team squad's of Hastings United FC. In addition participants have the opportunity to gain educational qualifications.
The Academy embarks on its second year at the commencement of 2016/17 football season.
The Academy first team play in the National Football Alliance under the branding of Hastings United FC. Alliance home matches take place at the Pilot Field ground of Hastings United FC. Additional Academy teams play under the branding of Sussex Coast College in the Sussex Colleges League.
The Academy's training base is at Horntye Park Sports Complex, Hastings. In addition training and match facilities are provided by Hastings Academy and St. Leonards Academy under an arrangement agreed between the education establishments and Sussex Coast College. Hastings United FC are grateful to the education establishments for providing their facilities.
In addition to the U/19 Football Academy the club have introduced, for the 2016/17 season, development squads at U/14 and U/15 age group. These new squads will play in the Kent Youth League. The intention is to attract the best most talented footballers into these squads from Hastings and the surrounding area with a view to players receiving a professional grounding that will allow them, should they desire, to graduate into the U/19 Football Academy and perhaps eventually onward into the club's U/21 Development Squad and first team squad.
For Football Academy information please contact Craig Ottley at Sussex Coast College on 01424 442222 or Head Coach, Dean White on 07887 942968.
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