Brighton & Hove Albion


Academy Ground:    60 Mash Barn Lane, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9FP


Academy Director/Manager:                John Morling – Academy Manager


First Team Players:                               Brighton & Hove Albion First Team


Academy Team Players:                      Brighton & Hove Albion Under-23’s Team

                                                                 Brighton & Hove Albion Under 18’s Team


Ladies Team Players:                            Brighton & Hove Albion Ladies


Brighton & Hove Albion Fan Club:        Brighton Fan Club



The Brighton Academy:

Brighton & Hove Albion provide F.A standard professional training at all levels, starting with after school clubs through to advanced training sessions at their centre based in Sussex. If there are players that impress the coaches, then they will receive access to the AITC Invitation Centre, where Brighton coaches will give them guidance and expert advice. If there is one club that puts the fun in football, it’s Brighton & Hove Albion. By starting the players at ages five upwards, it allows them to play with freedom and relieve the pressures of “Academy” football. We agree with their ethos in helping children at an early age and FootieBugs Academy try to offer the same help to these young footballers.

Brighton have some of the best work ethic and team spirit in the league, this was influential in their promotion to the premier league in 2016/17 season. Despite being the underdogs for most of their footballing history, they still managed prove everyone wrong, and after being granted a large sum of money to improve their coaching system to a category 3 status they can now compete with neighbouring London clubs at the top of the league.


Did you know?

Brighton went a whole 12 years without an official stadium to call their own. But the construction of Falmer Stadium in 2008 meant that fans would enjoy a 30,000-capacity stadium with an array of corporate boxes and television facilities all included.


Academy Status: Brighton & Hove Albion is a category 3 status academy

Category Status One Teams

Category Status Two Teams

Category Status Three Teams


Academy Staff:

John Morling has proved to be more than adequate over recent years in contributing to their promotion to the Premier league, with critics going against the club he and Chris Houghton have managed to turn people’s heads and are looking to become a formidable lower table club. John Morling came out and said to journalists this about the club,

“have a mixture of players that have been at the club for many years as well as recruiting new ones, who in some cases, we had to compete with Premier League clubs for.”

Under-23’s coach Simon Rusk started his role at Brighton in 2015 after leaving the Under-18’s team. Since then he has done great things for the club, and drafted in the majority of the first team which has seen them get promoted in successive seasons. Rusk has stepped in for the first team a number of times after developing a trusting partnership with the Brighton boss Chris Hughton, showing that he is capable of delivering when he’s called upon. 



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.”


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

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Brighton & Hove Albion Academy trials

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

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