Charlton Athletic

Academy Ground:                                                   Training Ground, Sparrows Lane, London SE9 2JR


Academy Director/Manager:                                 Steve Avory                


First Team Players:                                                 Charlton Athletic First Team                                                 


Academy Team Players:                                      Charlton Under-23’s        



Ladies Team Players:                                           Charlton Ladies Team                




The Charlton Academy:

The Charlton academy are built around helping the community grow around them and helping supply local talent straight through to their academy squad. It is fast approaching 5 years since they picked up their academy 2 status from the 2012/13 season, and so they are big ambition in these next few years is to grab that well deserved category 1 award. The vision for their academy squad is simple:

  • to score goals through playing football with a winning mentality.
  • to set high standards on and off the pitch, and carry the clubs badge with pride. 


Academy Status: Charlton is a category 2 status academy

Category Status One Teams

Category Status Two Teams

Category Status Three Teams


Academy Staff:

Academy manager Steve Avory is a fantastic asset to have at the club with a wealth of experience. He even taught Gareth Southgate at school, and had an early interest in the coaching world. the Charlton side have recently gone on to win the Development League 2 showing the players want to play for their manager.  
Steve Gallen the Head of Recruitment has 20 years of coaching experience behind him and still has a bright future in sourcing new talent. Gallen has worked on developing players such as Raheem Sterling who has become a first choice England starter and has showed an incredible run of form in the 2017/18 season.  

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.”

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

Book an Academy Trial Today!


Charlton Academy trials

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

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



Find out more about the FootieBugs Academy


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.

Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | The Bugs Group | FAQ's | Child Protection | SafeGuarding | The Bugs Group