Academy Ground: Middlesbrough Academy, Middlesbrough FC Academy, Calmont Road, Bromley, Kent, BR1 4BZ


Academy Director/Manager:                                     Huw Jennings – Academy Director


First Team Players:                                                        Middlesbrough First Team


Academy Team Players:                                                Middlesbrough Academy Team


Ladies Team Players:                                                      Middlesbrough Ladies Team



The Academy:

Middlesbrough state clearly that their clubs aim is to have “the most successful production line of players in the game”. At FootieBugs we commend this attitude to be the best and are striving towards producing great players that will go on to play brilliant football.

Middlesbrough have one of the highest success rates within their academy set-up having 20 graduates from the Under-18’s squad. Some of the past scholars include Premier League sensations Chris Brunt and James Morrison who have been at a number of big clubs and settled at local club West Brom.


Academy Status: Middlesbrough are a Category 1 status academy

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Academy Staff:

Craig Liddle, the club’s academy manager joined the club in the later stages of 2017. After managing to secure the academy team promotion in just his first few months of work, Liddle won over the Middlesbrough fans and played great football at the same time. He is working on developing the players he already has but is looking to strengthen the championship side throughout the spine of the team.

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 an 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 the club you belong to be playing for. 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 Middlesbrough when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough Academy set up and with clubs like Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough Academy.

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