Boston United – Under 19 Youth Squads
We currently have two Under 19 Youth Squads at Boston United – our Under 19 Advanced youth squad who play in The National League football academy North league and are managed and coached by head of youth Lee Mitchell. They also compete in the prestigious FA Youth Cup, alongside the Youth Alliance League Cup and the Midland Youth Cup.
We also have an Under 19 development youth squad who are led by coach Lewis Wright and compete in a local school and college league.
Both teams are made up of young male players who are also enrolled and study with Boston College. We also feed our academy U16 players in to our U19 squads, as well as other local talented players.
Why choose Boston United?
We strive to provide the best quality footballers in the local area to ultimately play for the Boston United first team in Vanarama National League North.
Boston United Football Academy are passionate about developing young football players, helping them to excel both on the pitch and with their education. We want to give every player the opportunity to succeed in the football and sport industry, whether that’s a career in football, sport or playing professional football.
Working with Boston College, we offer a variety of sports qualifications to help develop and further our players’ education. This is completely FREE to all students aged under 19. For more information about the sports courses available at Boston College, please click here.
Our ultimate long term goal is to produce first team players…
Our long term goal is to produce players that are good enough to sign for Boston United’s first team, and help them to succeed in professional football.
Over the years, we have signed a number of youth players to the first team – including Harry Vince (who has also represented England C-Squad), Ryan Pratt, Taylor Gray and Jack Withers who went on to sign a professional contract with Premier League club Swansea City.
During the current 2019/20 season, we have several youth players training with the first team, and first year goalkeeper Jake Frestle has recently registered to play with the first team.
Coaching and Football package
Our Academy’s advanced youth team plays in The National League U19 Football Academy North league, and our development squad play within a local school & college league.
Players receive professional football training (minimum of 8 hours a week) with our qualified coaching team, as well as video analysis of competitive fixtures and training.
We offer a full pre-season and in season training programme, nutrition programme and advice, strength and conditioning and fitness training programmes.
Players are also given the opportunity to play for other professional clubs, helping to further develop their skills and experience. This will be discussed and agreed with the Head of Youth throughout the season.
Study with Boston College
Working with Boston College, we offer a variety of sports qualifications so our players can develop and further their education. This is completely FREE to all players who are aged under 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.
Our student players study with Boston College at their Peter Paine Performance Centre, and receive professional football training with the football club.
The facilities at the Peter Paine Performance Centre include three grass football pitches, badminton courts, table tennis, basketball courts, a dance studio, two sports halls, AstroTurf pitch and an outdoor multi-use games area. There is also gym facilities that student players can access.