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The Harefield – Watford FC Partnership


The Harefield Academy has been in partnership with Watford FC for eight years and has revolutionised football academies across the country.

The Watford Development squad is for 16-18 year old students who want to secure an excellent education while completing football training everyday. The programme is coached by Watford Academy staff and takes place at The Harefield Academy’s outstanding facilities.

Academic Provision


Students have options to complete a wide variety of A-levels or BTEC qualifications.


Football Training


Students train for two hours each day with WFC Academy staff, receive fitness and conditioning, physiotherapy and rehabilitation on-site and play competitively each week. Our teams play in British Colleges, English Schools, Tactic League and Middlesex at U18.


Future Pathways


Students leave the Watford Development Programme and attend University, receive sports scholarships overseas and play semi-professional and even professional football.


Watford FC Academy


The Programme is designed to replicate that of the Watford Academy as closely as possible, provide and outstanding education while maintaining high performance training!




Students on our programme also have many opportunities that other programmes simply can not offer:

  • Training with senior scholars at Watford FC’s training ground

  • Trials with Watford FC’s U18 Academy

  • Visits and talks from Watford FC Academy staff and 1st team players

  • On pitch presentations at Vicarage Road

  • Possible match at Vicarage Road!

How To Apply

Please see our prospectus and online application forms

If you require any further infomation please contact

Phil Gridelet -