Academy Ground: Oakwell Stadium, Grove St, Barnsley S71 1ET


Academy Director/Manager:                             Bobby Hassell – Academy Manager


First Team Players:                                              Barnsley First Team


Academy Team Players:                                      Barnsley Under-23’s Team

                                                                                Barnsley Under-18’s Team


Ladies Team Players:                                            Barnsley Ladies Team



The Barnsley Academy:

Barnsley have introduced a subscription service for fans who want to watch, listen and comment on all Barnsley games that take place. On this service, includes highlights from the under 23’s side as well as the under 18’s and so fans and coaches alike can analyse games and help decide which players would be good enough for the senior team. This is very different to all an average category


Academy Status: Barnsley is a category 2 status academy

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Academy Staff:

Bobby Hassell, the Academy Manager at the club, has the important job of delegating roles all over the place. Having brought in some ex-professional players into his academy set-up such as Matt Murray and Dale Tonge and so will be looking to find a place that them and his players. The academy boss is certain that some new blood in the coaching staff, can change this club for the better and may see them become a recognisable force in the next years.                  
Mark Burton was one of the most prominent characters in English league football. Having started the job as ‘assistant academy manager’ while the club were stuck in league two, he helped carry them to the championship and reach the apex of their club’s history. Along the way, he also spotted some of the bigger English talents in football examples include John Stones, Mason Holgate and James Bree he has an for talent. Having departed at the start of the 2017 season it opens up a great chance for an enthusiastic new coach to join the club and have a chance to play for the championship side.  


How to get noticed by a scout

Generally, premier league clubs are closely following open trials as a way of pinpointing the newest talent, as well as having a vast network of scouts across the UK. Scouts are often preferential over structured leagues or with players of a high standard, playing together. This is one thing that FootieBugs academy can offer through our weekly training sessions and games against local teams managed by professional coaches. Because we cover a range of age groups at U6’s-U14’s we have a high demand for young upcoming talent and receive frequent scouts visiting our training sessions and matches. Due to the professional coaches we have available that have all played at a high level, we are able to distinguish which players are leagues above in terms of skill and can refer them onto Premier League clubs.



“If you’re good enough, generally they’ll find you.”


Academy Scouting System:

After a scout has seen a player, they will usually contact them and invite them to a trial day, otherwise the more common method of finding talents from all over are through football trial days and football camps. FootieBugs goes the extra mile in making your job easier as a parent and a young footballer. With our focused training sessions, the FootieBugs Academy will try it’s best to match your ability with a club who will nurture your talent . We will shape a football player into a footballer, by working on improving the child’s overall game and their image to scouts at Premier League Clubs.

This is where the FootieBugs Academy thrives, not only will FootieBugs look to put players forward to Barnsley when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure that Barnsley will be fully aware of what training each player will have received from the FootieBugs Academy and why the player has shown enough (Footballing skill as well as dedication and attitude) to be worthy of a trial.


If you feel your child shows promise and would like us to help them reach the level for us to recommend them to the Barnsley scouting network then please complete the following form:

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Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Barnsley Academy set up and with clubs like Barnsley receiving trial requests all the time it’s very difficult to get noticed.

FootieBugs Academy believes that with correct training and dedication we can dramatically increase your chances of getting a trial with the Barnsley Academy.

Once a player reaches the standards that a club of Barnsley’s stature would expect then the FootieBugs team will do everything in its powers to introduce the player to the relevant Barnsley scout. 



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FootieBugs Academy FAQ’s


The FootieBugs Academy is an independent organization and not part of any specific football club. This allows us to offer an honest and fair view of any players’ ability and suitability to join a professional Football Club. Although we will do everything in our power to help young players develop, we are unable to guarantee every player a trial. If you are looking for official club information then please visit the club’s official website as we can-not guarantee that all information is correct and up to date at the time of reading.

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