We now have record numbers of kids across our 4 academy age groups, it has steadily risen over the years, and now caters for 131 players/kids. 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 4 academy age groups, just pick one who does not have a sponsor on their picture (See below for all their pictures and details) 

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





Dave & Kath Horn.


Our Junior Academy has been sponsored for the 2019-20 season by Mr. Ian Reay, who is a director at NORTH COAST CONTRACTING LTD.


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


The Sunderland AFC Keroche academy used to be made up of 4 categories,

1, Children’s academy 2, Junior academy 3, Intermediate academy 4, Senior academy.

But we have restructured the academy, and it is now made up of:-

Junior Academy, (Sponsored by North Coast Constructing LTD)

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

Under 17’s Academy, (Main sponsorship package still available)

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

See the following link for sponsorship details) 

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, then simply select one, who is still hoping to be sponsored. You can then call or text our UK president GARY LAMB on UK Mobile no: 07880732078

The children’s, under 15’s and under 17’s academies are overseen by:


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 these academies 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 the under 15’s and under 17’s (Ages 13-17), 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. (Academy head coach, and 1st team asst. coach)


At this stage Ben organises regular friendly games on Saturdays 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 7yrs, 31 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.


SENIOR ACADEMY Sponsored by Dave & Kath Horn


                                                       SENIOR ACADEMY TEAM.














UNDER 17’s ACADEMY (35 players) this section of our academy is still available to sponsor.














UNDER 15’s ACADEMY (32 players) This section of our academy is still available to sponsor.















To sponsor any of the players below for the 2019 season for only £50, please call Gary Lamb on UK mobile: 07880732078, and you can pay 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.

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 no sponsor on their picture)