Boreham Wood PASE Academy is the youth development scheme of Boreham Wood Football Club, a senior non-League community football club playing in the Vanarama National League.
The club has a rich history of success, and pioneered a football/education scheme for 16–19 year olds with only sixteen boys in 2002. The PASE programme has since become the largest, most successful scheme of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The aim of PASE (Programme for Academic and Sporting Excellence) is simple; to stop talented young footballers from falling through the net, and give them a chance to progress their talent with top quality coaching.
To this end, Boreham Wood PASE programmes reach an extremely high standard.
The club developed an environment where young players could continue their studies and achieve in higher education. As cost can often be an issue, PASE is FREE to students (apart from a heavily subsidized fee for training kit).
There are seven UEFA and FA licensed coaches at the club and a full-time medical department who deal with player injuries and rehabilitation.
These are paired with first class training and match facilities - 3rd generation Astroturf, well-maintained grass pitches and two fully-functional rehabilitation gyms over two training and education sites.
The medical department ensures that each student is fully insured and that they attend every training session and match, and cater for all students’ physiotherapy needs, and give expert help and advice when required.
Training is based on improving all aspects of the players’ game, with sessions concentrating on technique, control and tactical awareness. This is enhanced in the high-tech study suites, where matches are reviewed matches and tactics examined with students.
PASE has over 300 young students playing football at Boreham Wood Football Club and attending lessons with education provider Barnet and Southgate College.
Courses range from 1 to 3 years, and there are three education sites, including study facilities on site at BWFC.
Boreham Wood‘s success in football and education terms is unparalleled in the non-League game. Over 200 graduates from the scheme now play semi-professional football.
Players have also joined clubs such as West Ham, Watford, Peterborough, Notts County, Hull City, and Luton Town. In the last 4 years, 15 PASE students represented England Schools and Colleges.
PASE currently has a two year partnership with professional League club Reading FC . The partnership involves frequent friendlies and FA Youth Cup preparation matches, as well as player interchange between both clubs.
Boreham Wood’s PASE Scheme has seen national success, winning National Conference and College Cups (second only to the FA Youth Cup in terms of prestige) and reached the final on numerous occasions.
PASE aims to progress in the FA Youth Cup each season, and teams often compete in prestigious friendlies against sides such as Reading, Leicester City, Watford, Peterborough, Brentford, Leyton Orient and Barnet.
For those who do not make the grade as professional footballers, the educational opportunities offered by PASE can be used to create an alternative future and career path, whilst at the same time enjoying plenty of football - the PASE Scheme has graduates continuing their education in ‘Soccer Studentships’ in the USA.
To date we have 10 players in California, Washington D.C., Texas, Connecticut, with another 55 students in UK universities.
This success is phenomenal, considering many students would have otherwise left school and not continued with education.
If you are interested in joining us here at BWFC please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the PASE office on 020 8953 5716
Barnet and Southgate College is BWFC's shirt sponsor for the 2015-16 season