How does recruitment work for the Academy?
The Academy has a small number of scouts dedicated to the Academy on a regional basis. They regularly watch games and identify players from 16-18 age groups. When a scout highlights a prospective player, they are invited to attend a trial day.
What are we looking for?
We are currently only recruiting for female players. We're looking for potential rather than the finished product. Players don't necessarily need to have played for a club. We take into account a player’s technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social attributes, as well as looking at their potential. Mindset is a very big facet in terms of what the Academy looks for.
The trial day process
Trial days involve spending the morning at Plumpton College where players will get to tour the facilities and undertake a short interview. After lunch, players will take a mini bus down to Lewes FC where you'll be greeted by club staff, change into your kit ready for a football trial. The day will run from 10am - 4pm.