Academy Ground: Gawthorpe Training Ground, Habergham Drive, off Burnley Road, Padiham, BB12 8UA

Academy Director/Manager:                                      Jonathan Pepper – Academy Manager


First Team Players:                                                          Burnley First Team


Academy Team Players:                                                 Burnley Under-23’s Team

                                                                                          Burnley Under-18’s Team


Ladies Team Players:                                                       Burnley Ladies Team



The Burnley Academy:

Burnley FC offer an advanced method of coaching to all players in the academy, with session plans that improve the players all-round performance. Due to the football academy system allowing category 2 clubs for exposure and facilities, Burnley are now able to reach their full potential which is why in upcoming years we will see in improvement in their club’s legacy.

Burnley and a handful of other teams successfully passed their “Elite Player Performance Plan” audit which was one of the club’s long-term aims and now they change from category 3 to 2 and has majorly benefited the club’s academy set-up. Burnley have now become an exciting option for young footballers wanting to make a name for themselves.


Did you know?

After joining Burnley in 2015, manager Sean Dyche managed to get the team on an unbeaten run of 23 games and his first signing at the club, Andre Gray was the leading top goal-scorer and also won young player of the season award, not bad.


Academy Status: Burnley is a category 2 status academy

Category Status One Teams

Category Status Two Teams

Category Status Three Teams


Academy Staff:

Danny Cadamarteri is the current head of the Under 18’s staff, and after just a year in charge of the side, has taken them to the later stages of each domestic cup, an achievement not to be undermined. Having recently been sent out of the FA Youth Cup, his under 18’s side have been on a good run of games showing that setbacks only make the club stronger.  


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.”


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

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Burnley Academy trials

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

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