With pre-season underway for our first team, the Academy is set to follow suit in August.

Witton Albion Football Club are partners with the Education and Semi-Professional Football Academy (ESPFA) who provide education and football study programmes at non-league clubs across the UK for 16-18 year olds as an alternative to traditional college education.

The programme together with Runcorn Linnets FC, forms part of ESPFA Cheshire, one of 12 regions in the national programme.

Based at Sandbach Community Football Centre, students joining the full-time programme will study for a BTEC in Sport Level 3 Extended Diploma, train three times a week with UEFA qualified coaches and represent Witton Albion FC in the ESPFA league and cup competitions with all games being filmed and taking place at the main stadia of all clubs involved.

Students also have the opportunity to experience the world of sport with coaching, teaching, photography, filming, media editing, business, hospitality, journalism, physiotherapy and podcasting with the football club and the ESPFA.

There are a number of pathways available on the football side with 63 ESPFA students having made their first team debut since 2014 and over 200 ESPFA students graduating to higher education such as university, us scholarship and the programme’s own bespoke degree course.

There are a LIMITED number of places left for school leavers (Year 11) or first year college students who have just finished (Year 12) and a number of trials are taking place over pre-season ready for the September 2021 start.

Thursday 5th August | 10am - 12pm
Thursday 12th August | 10am - 12pm
Thursday 19th August | 10am - 12pm
Thursday 26th August | 10am - 12pm

at Sandbach Community Football Centre, Hind Heath Road, Sandbach, CW11 3LZ

Interested applicants should register their details at and attend one of the sessions listed.

Below are a number of information videos on what the ESPFA programme is about.

ESPFA Awards Show 2021 -
ESPFA Pre-season 2021 -
STUDY at the ESPFA -
TRAIN at the ESPFA -
PLAY at the ESPFA -

For more information on the ESPFA programme, please follow the following links:-