Academy

The Sunderland AFC Keroche football academy now has a record number of children and youth across our 4 academy age groups. It has steadily risen over the years, and now caters for 130 players/children. All of whom are hoping to be sponsored, so we can carry on their development.

If you would like to sponsor one of the players in any of our 5 academy age groups, just pick one who’s picture has “AVAILABLE TO SPONSOR” on their picture (There are still players available in the under 17’s, under 15’s, under 13’s and junior academies, just keep scrolling down to find them) 

We dedicate the academy section of our website, to our former Under 15’s academy player JOHN NJENGA, who sadly took his own life at the tender age of only 15yrs, in 2018.

   

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THE MAIN SPONSORS OF OUR SENIOR ACADEMY FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON ARE DAVE & KATH HORN, FROM SUNDERLAND UK

 

Dave & Kath Horn.

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Our Under 17’s Main Academy sponsors for the 2021-22 season is the MOUNTAIN DAISY PUB, at Hylton Rd, in SUNDERLAND, UK.

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Our Under 15’s Academy is sponsored for 2021-22 by Glen Potter, a Sunderland fan from Mansfield, Notts, UK.

 

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Under 13’s Main Academy sponsorship is still available for the 2021-22 season, for only £500.

YOU COULD HAVE YOUR NAME, OR YOUR COMPANY NAME HERE.

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Our Junior Academy main sponsorship package for the 2021-22 season is still available for only £500.

YOU COULD HAVE YOUR NAME, OR YOUR COMPANY NAME HERE.

 

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The Sunderland AFC Keroche academy is made up of 5 categories,

(A) Senior academy. (B) Under 17’s academy (C) Under 15’s academy (D) Under 13’s (E) Junior academy.

Under 21’s/Senior academy, (Sponsored by Dave and Kath Horn, from SUNDERLAND, UK)

Under 17’s Academy, (Sponsored by THE MOUNTAIN DAISY PUB, in SUNDERLAND, uk)

Under 15’s Academy, (Sponsored by Mr. Glen Potter, from MANSFIELD, UK)

Under 13’s Academy (Currently available to sponsor)
Junior Academy, (CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TO SPONSOR)

See the following link for sponsorship details) http://safckeroche.com/sponsorshippackages/ 

If you would like to sponsor any player, from any of our academy age groups, please just view all the players below, from all our various academy age groups, if their picture states “AVAILABLE TO SPONSOR”, you can simply choose your preferred player, who is still hoping to be sponsored. Then simply call, text or WhatApp our UK president GARY LAMB on UK Mobile no: 07880732078. Gary will be able to give you details of how to make your sponsorship payment of £50 per player, either by bank transfer, Paypal or cheque.

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All of our academy’s are overseen by our academy head coach

GODFREY NG’ANG’A aka “NGASHO”

 

A number of our 1st team players, also give up their free time on Saturdays (If they don’t have a game) to help Ngasho to coach the kids. All of our academy age groups train every Saturday during school terms. But train from Tuesday-Saturday during any school holidays.

Our main aim at this stage is to keep the children off the streets, but also to develop their talents in a safe environment. Most games at this level are “In-house” friendlies although our under 15’s and under 13’s are now competing in the new junior leagues. Our under 17’s, get to compete in local tournaments, and may get a competitive game during the school holidays against other local academy teams, or a local school whenever possible. Any local kids in our area wishing to attend are welcome, and we NEVER refuse any child, regardless of their talent.

Also unlike European academies, we never release any child, regardless of talent, because we realise they have nothing else to enjoy, plus most of their close friends are in our academy.

The children from the above categories, also have the opportunity to be ball boys/girls at 1st team games, on a rotational system.

As the kids progress through the various academy’s those who are showing potential talent are promoted through the various age groups and then onto the senior academy, which are overseen by our academy head coach. (Even those not showing potential, are still welcome to attend)

BEN WAITHAKA. (Assistant academy coach)

  

At this stage Ben organises regular friendly games on Saturdays or Sundays for the senior academy, to give the lads the feel of competitive games. He also enters them into tournaments, and senior academy players are welcome to train with the 1st team players, to build up their fitness levels and skills.

In the last 9yrs, 33 senior academy players have gone on to be 1st team players, which is great testament to the dedication of all those who help, in the various stages of their progression through our academy.

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SENIOR ACADEMY MAIN SPONSORS (Sponsored by Dave & Kath Horn) 

Our senior academy team hold a remarkable record of only 1 defeat in 10yrs, which happened in 2014, and now remain unbeaten for 8yrs. Just recently on January 29th 2022 they won the NAIVASHA ACADEMY’S CUP FINAL, defeating VIWANDANI ACADEMY 2-1 in the final.

 

SOME OF OUR SENIOR ACADEMY LADS.

SENIOR ACADEMY PLAYERS FOR THE 2020-21 SEASON:

(47 PLAYERS) This is our largest academy, and we are overjoyed to announce that all our senior academy players have been sponsored for the 2021-22 season. BUT!! if you keep scrolling down this page we still have players in our other academy age groups hoping to be sponsored, to do this please text or call our UK president GARY LAMB on UK mobile: 07880732078. Also available on Whatsapp.

 

Players sponsors for the Senior academy, include the following people:

Lee McGuire, Keith Atkinson Cowley, Jim Eilbeck, Barry Cougle, The Louth family, Graham Russell, Paul & Sue Purvis, Stephen Geers, Dennis Pallister, Alex Woodmass, Eamonn Callaghan, Paul Leonard, Andrew Yearsley, Sophia White, Sandra Gardner, Stephen McGuire, James Stokoe, Jean Dennison, Kelvin Lax, Mark & Kat Hall, Eamonn Foley, Sean McArdle, Grahame Forster, Simon Austin, Colin Shaw of Shaw Scaffolding, Doug Crosby, Brian Banks, Les Dodd, Lee Williams, Dave Jackson, Ian Burnham, Debbie Jackson, David Graham Roofing, Rob, Trevor & Joe Anderson, Adriano Leng, John Eilbeck x 5 players,  Ambrose Malone, Georgina and Janine Anderson, Aden Banks and Jesse Pye. 

ALL SENIOR ACADEMY PLAYERS ARE NOW SPONSORED, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE ACHIEVED THIS.

  

   

  

     

   

 

  

   

    

  

  

  

  

 

  

 

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UNDER 17’s ACADEMY

MAIN SPONSOR FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON IS, THE MOUNTAIN DAISY PUB, IN SUNDERLAND, UK.

We currently have 17 players in the under 17’s academy.

Players sponsors for the under 17’s section currently include the following:

Keith Dolan, Dan Carter, James Stokoe, Dan Todner, Eamonn Foley, Adriano Leng, plus Rob, Trevor & Joe Anderson, & Tony Ratton.

(Leaving 9 players still hoping to be sponsored) 

  

 

 

 

     

  

 

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UNDER 15’s ACADEMY, Main Sponsor Mr Glen Potter, a Sunderland fan from Mansfield, UK.

 

 

Our under 15’s boys proudly wearing their Bradley Lowery shirts, in memory of their “Hero”

The under 15’s academy, currently has 26 players, many of which are still hoping to be sponsored.

Under 15’s player sponsors include: Our UK President Gary Lamb, Dan Todner, Brian Reynolds, Tony Ratton, Barry McGinn Snr x 2, Daniel Connor, Melanie & Steven Tye, Sean McArdle, Jo Copeland, Jean Wright and her daughters Kathy & Laura, Adriano Leng and Dave Jackson x 3. 

(Leaving 12 players still hoping to be sponsored)

 

  

   

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UNDER 13’s ACADEMY

Main sponsorship package is still available for the 2021-22 Season.

19 players, of which 10 are still hoping to be sponsored.

This is our newly formed under 13’s academy, after a new local under 13’s league started a few months ago. All the boys below were promoted from our junior academy.

Under 13’s players sponsors include:

Mrs Jean Wright and her daughters Kathy and Laura, Brian Banks x 2, Dave Jackson, Eoin Maguire, Margaret Coupland and her granddaughter Zahra, Noel Campbell McGinn, Hayley Holland and Adriano Leng.

    

  

   

  

  

  

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JUNIOR ACADEMY 22 KIDS (Of which 8 are still hoping to be sponsored)

THE MAIN SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE, OF OUR JUNIOUR ACADEMY IS STILL AVAILABLE, FOR ONLY £500 PER SEASON.

To sponsor any of the players below for the 2021-22 season for only £50, please call Gary Lamb on UK mobile: 07880732078, and you can pay by cheque, PayPal or via a bank transfer to the following:

Lloyds bank
Account name: SAFC KEROCHE
Account number: 25602160
Sort code: 30-95-96

Or call Gary, if you would prefer to pay by cheque or PayPal.

The following children are in our junior academy. At this stage most of the kids haven’t yet been given positions on the pitch (Except those showing exceptional talent for their age) because at this point it’s more about giving the kids an opportunity, to come along and enjoy themselves, in a safe environment, with their friends, brothers or sisters.

Even at this young age we are also hoping to find sponsors for each of these children. (If they have “AVALABLE TO SPONSOR” on their picture)

Sponsors of children in our Junior academy include the following:

Mrs. Mrs. Gillian Banks, Elisha Maley, Daisy Stokoe, Gavin Lynch, The Gateshead branch of Sunderland Supporters, Melonie and Steven Tye, Barry John McGinn, Matt Mason-Gage, Ian Richardson, Dave Jackson,  Luca Jackson, Adriano Leng plus Peter & Lynda Brown.

  

  

   

  

    

  

 

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