About Our Academy Squads

Our academy squads compete in the Junior Premier League, The league is aimed at clubs who want to develop their players through a ‘best with best’ ethos – the NERF JPL is not aimed at single teams looking for a new challenge.

The ethos of the League is always development before results and the main aim is to give a season’s worth of top-quality competitive matches to every team participating.

We have high minimum standards in terms of coaching qualifications and all coaches must be members of the FA Licensed Coaches Club – we are still the only League in the country to be designated as an FA Licensed Coaches Club league.

Players are challenged to behave and prepare for matches like academy graduates.  Our Academy Squads train x2 times per week and play on Saturdays alongside tournaments throughout the summer.


Our Pro Games Programme

The 2018/2019 Season saw Pro Pathway undertake a number of games versus Professional Clubs. Our academy players had the experiences of visiting some of the UK’s top academies including:

Manchester City
Manchester United
Stoke City
Preston North End
Crewe Alexandra
Port Vale

They also played international sides from Malta and visited the home of football: St Georges Park!

The Pro Pathway 2019/2020 Season plans to be our biggest yet with more visits than ever to pro clubs planned!

A Driven Environment

Creating an environment close to that of a professional club academy our squads follow an advanced structured syllabus. The emphasis is on technical, tactical, psychological, social and physical development.

Our players are expected to show exceptional technical quality, first-class decision-making skills, with an ability to take on board detailed technical and tactical information.

Academy selected players typically will have played for a professional club academy, had trials at one or play at a county or district level. However, we do offer players trials if they have the right attributes and attitude to become a Pro Pathway Academy player.