Bolton Wanderers

Academy Ground:                                              Lostock Hall Farm Site, Ox Hey Lane, Lostock, Bolton.


Academy Director/Manager:                               Jimmy Phillips                


First Team Players:                                               Bolton First Team


Academy Team Players:                                      Bolton Under-23’s Team

                                                                                Bolton Under-18’s Team


Ladies Team Players:                                          Bolton Ladies Team                                         




The Bolton Academy:

Bolton have been a category 2 academy for quite some time, which, for a championship side is a resounding success. The great thing about Bolton Wanderers is that they haven’t stopped just there, currently their academy team are making waves in the development league with some really impressive results going there way.

Their academy leader and director Jimmy Phillips came out and said that what they are doing is a great achievement and that other premier league teams have “ten times” the spending budget so players should be proud to play for their academy team. At FootieBugs we try to make the young players feel like they are playing for a premier league team and can proudly say that the children improve with every session.


Academy Status: Bolton is a category 1 status academy

Category Status One Teams

Category Status Two Teams

Category Status Three Teams


Academy Staff:

The first team manager Phil Parkinson is constantly looking to filter new players through the academy system and we agree that this is the most organic way of finding homegrown talent. Parkinson has had a very successful start to his career at Bolton Wanderers having won them promotion in his first season in charge, he couldn’t have had a much better start at the club! He has also had spells at Southampton so he knows what he’s doing as a manager.  
The under-23’s coach David Lee joined the championship side in 2016 and again is looking to return to the loft heights of the premier league where the side truly belong. He has been a player himself and went for quite a some of money after moving from Southampton in 1992 for £350,000 he seems to be a man that you want involved in the coaching at your club.  


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.”

Bolton 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 Bolton when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure that Bolton 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 Bolton scouting network then please complete the following form:

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Bolton Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Bolton Academy set up and with clubs like Bolton 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 Bolton Academy.

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



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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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