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Welcome to NPL Football Academy (Witton Albion)


"We are proud to be leading the way again with the backing of the FA and the expertise of the guys behind the scheme. There are many academies and numerous youth leagues but the NPL Football Academy is the first to combine both.

"The NPL Football Academy will create a pool of player talent for clubs to draw upon and benefit from directly as well offering young people a fantastic path into the sporting industry through the qualifications and the real experience our clubs will be delivering.

"Not every student will go on to a career as a player and together with greater community engagement for the clubs, they'll also be playing a vital role in introducing the next generation of administrators and volunteers into sport and we hope, Non-League football."

About us

The NPL Football Academy in conjunction with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League is the first in English football to launch a youth league and academy combining football with further education.

An initial pilot programme that begins in 2014/15 will see students aged 16-18 at five clubs - Burscough, Leek Town, Mickleover Sports, Radcliffe Borough and Romulus - before expanding to 12 teams in 2015/16, studying for a BTEC Level 3 in Sport on two year courses as well as working with FA/UEFA licensed coaches on a daily basis and competing in the Evo-Stik NPL Youth League and national competitions led by the FA Youth Cup.

The programme will run alongside existing youth set-ups at participating clubs, offering the best of each year’s intake the chance to play senior Non-League football at a level that has a fantastic reputation throughout football.

The initiative which will double in size the following 2015/16 season, will be regionalised and crucially, will also generate a welcome new income stream for clubs with students learning and training on site for 18-20 hours per week.

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact NPL Football Academy (Witton Albion) directly.

Last updated date: 16 July 2015
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Venues

  • A: Witton Albion FC
    • Address:
    • Wincham Park
    • Chapel Street
    • Wincham
    • Northwich
    • CW9 6DA
    • Telephone number:
    • Home: 0160643008
    • Website:
    • http://wittonalbionfc.89media.co.uk/index1.php
    • More information:
    • In the 1880’s the district of Witton, situated in the mid-Cheshire salt town of Northwich, had several different teams using the name 'Witton' as a prefix. The name Witton Albion itself can be traced back to a match played on October 26th 1887. No record of any matches has been found for 1889 and as such 1890 had long been regarded as the year when the current club was actually formed.

      Albion’s first ground was adjacent to the Parish Church Vicarage. In 1897 they moved to Magdala Place near the Station Bridge. 1910 saw them move, paying the princely sum of £15 per annum, to a new ground adjacent to the Victoria Saw Mills just off Witton Street. July 1920 saw the club buy the ground outright for £750. Renamed appropriately the Central Ground, this was to be their home until 1989, when a Sainsbury’s Supermarket was developed on the site.

      The club then bought a 14 acre site off Chapel Street, Wincham and had the then very impressive Wincham Park stadium built. To secure the club’s future, much of the surrounding land was sold off, nevertheless it remains amongst the better non-league grounds in the country.