The player recruitment department is tasked with the monitoring, selection and transition of players operating outside of our Academy environment. The recruitment team will work collectively with our coaches to prioritise the identification of players within the three phases of the player pathway.
The priority of the department is to recruit, develop and produce players able to reach the Academy’s core purpose. This process is player centered, focusing on the identification of players able to excel in one or more of the four corners associated to player development and, where possible predominantly recruit from a catchment area within an hour of Birmingham. The strategy will be collaborative in nature, planned and aligned to the profiles through each of the development phases where appropriate.
The Pre-Academy is a development programme designed to identify, assess and nurture local talented individuals between 6 - 8 years of age. The primary aim is to develop technically gifted individuals for our U9’s squads who become accustomed to the club’s culture and playing philosophy through weekly training sessions and games, allowing for an easy transition into the Academy way of life. The major emphasis of the programme is technical development. With the use of the clubs training facilities, and a structured coaching syllabus and games programme, our UEFA qualified Academy staff seek to increase player to ball contact time in a fun, inclusive and professional environment.
The Club has a very large Community Trust scheme operating a number of local coaching programmes. The Community Trust run a shadow squad programme for U12-U14 players participating on a weekly basis in a number of local grass root leagues. There is also a full time programme for the U17-U19’s.
Players from within the Community Trust programme can be directly recommended by a member of staff for a trial period. In addition to this, each Community Trust coach working within the shadow squad and on the U17-19 programme acts as a spotter, recommending opposition players they have seen in the fixtures that their respective teams have participated in.
SCHOOLS FOOTBALL PROGRAMME
Within the West Midlands area there is a thriving schools football programme. Through community links, it has been identified that there are some young players who only participate in schools’ football and may not be observed participating in local grass root fixtures. There are a number of reasons for this, the most common being a recent move to the area or little/no parental support.
The Academy continually supports West Midland District Schools at both primary and secondary level allowing the use of the training facilities for prestigious games in their calendar. School staff are also invited to Academy CPD events in order to aid their development as coaches. This relationship means there is the opportunity for talented players who are identified by school staff to be recommended directly to the Recruitment Manager/Officer. This may lead to an observation, and if suitable, an invitation to the Academy trial process.
The Academy is always on the lookout for local talented young players. Should you or someone you know, wish to be considered for a trial please follow the procedure set forth below. Players between 9 and 18 years old are asked to send their playing CV and cover letter to the Academy Recruitment Manager and Officer.
Please make sure to include the following:
Player Date of Birth
Approx Height and Weight
Contact Address and Telephone Number
Details of Previous Trials
Any Representative Honours
** Please include a fixture list of your current team making sure to include location and kick off time.
Upon receipt of your contact the recruitment department will make a decision as to whether a scout will attend your games.
Please note that we DO NOT accept or ask for money for a trial or place within the academy system and we will NEVER directly approach a child. Please be aware that our scouts carry club identification at all times. Anyone claiming to represent Birmingham City that does not adhere to the above is NOT an employee of Birmingham City FC and the appropriate authorities should be contacted.
Due to the high volume of correspondence we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to all of the requests we receive. Please do not duplicate requests or repeatedly contact us. We will keep all requests on file and will be in touch as we deem necessary.
To contact a member of the Recruitment department, please visit the 'Contact Us' page.