24 February 2024
It hasn’t just been in BR2 where Bromley graduates are thriving. Many have been flying the flag abroad with Joe Wilkinson, Marisa Marcel and Samoy Campbell earning US Scholarships
All of this success, both on and off the pitch has helped the Academy to grow with both the Girls’ Academy and Higher Education Departments doubling in size in 2022.
The Bromley FC Academy was also awarded its National League Football Academy Certification Licence, another indication of how well-regarded the Academy is externally.
The Academy looks to help students become well-rounded individuals and footballers. Fuelling a passion for the game by offering unique volunteering and paid opportunities. This year, Rhys Wyborn, Joel Cox, James Green, Charley Side and Connor Falp have all been employed by Bromley FC’s Community Trust, helping the charity deliver coaching sessions and camps across the borough.
May was a hugely successful month for the football club. Whilst Byron Webster was lifting the FA Trophy at Wembley, the Academy’s U16 and U14 JPL sides won national titles. You can see their silverware alongside the FA Trophy when you visit Broomfields Bar and Kitchen.
The Bromley FC Academy welcomed some new staff whilst promoting others in the organisation. Former player Luke Coulson returned to take up a coaching role whilst Ellie Cole graduated from a player at the Academy to become a coach. Steve Aris also received a promotion from leading The Ravens U23s to First Team with Lucas Gatti moving from the Youth Academy to U23s.
In July, five Academy graduates signed professional contracts with the club. The 2022/23 “boyband” comprises of Ben Krauhaus, Kellen Fisher, Charlie Nicholas, Tunji Obembe and Soul Kader, all of whom are making fanastic progress in their football development.
At Bromley FC Academy, performance on the pitch counts but so does performance in the classroom. In August, the Academy achieved its best results in its history.
In September, Zach Roberts became the club’s first scholar to elect to do the work experience route at Hayes Lane gaining experience of what it is like to be involved in the business side of operations at Bromley FC.
In October, Manager Andy Woodman handed First Team debuts to Kellen Fisher and Lateef Adaja, both of whom have been and are a part of the Bromley FC Academy.
Bromley’s young stars shone once again in the FA Youth Cup, making it to Round Two of the competition. After beating Tonbridge Angels, Maidenhead and Gosport Borough, Jamel Wojtczak’s side were rewarded with a home tie against EFL outfit Ipswich Town. Just shy of 400 supporters watched the team play with courage and skill as they were narrowly beaten 2-1 by the Tractor Boys who went on to beat Huddersfield Town in the next round.
Further and Higher Education is often an avenue pursued by students and we were very proud to see former Captain Jack Smith head off to Exeter University after picking up outstanding A-Level results.