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Walking Football

Community Iron Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking football, a slower-paced version of the beautiful game aimed at the more mature participant (40+)

Its designed to help people keep an active lifestyle despite their age, as well as getting those back into football who had to stop due to injuries or other reasons.

In 2018 we will be entering a team into the Essex Walk in Football League this is not compulsory and we welcome those among you that just want to come and play for fun but if you have still got that competitive edge and would like to play for something then that is an option for you.

Every Friday – Witham Leisure Centre

1pm till 2pm

Sessions will take place on the 3G pitch opposite Witham leisure centreDSC_0331 copy


Friday Footgolf At The Notleys Golf Club

13234485_10156978313690311_1762643777_oRound of Footgolf for the Academy lads

Braintree Town Academy spent a day in the sun playing footgolf at The Notleys Golf Course. Fantastic facilities and the staff were very accommodating which added to the fun. All the lads enjoyed the day, and the competitive side of them showed with some very close games. The Academy will be spending every Friday during term time at Notleys Golf Course, working on their technique and most of all, having fun.
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Braintree Town FC have done the unthinkable


Braintree Town FC have done the unthinkable and confirmed their place in the playoffs for  the football league with a 3-0 win against Altrincham F.C. on Saturday and finished the season in 3rd place.

The Club is getting bigger every year and with the academy developing so many young players the future is bright. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the academy in September.

Braintree Town Academy will be running their final open trial day on Tuesday 24th May for our September 2016 intake for our full time academy.

The trial will take place at Witham Town Football Club from 6:30pm until 7:30pm, followed by a presentation from 7:30pm until 9pm.

This opportunity is available to 16-18 year olds who have a keen interest in football and would like access to good quality coaching, whilst also continuing their education within a club environment.

The club delivers a 2 year elite program, working in partnership with VLUK Learning to provide scholars with access to a full-time football & education course.

The scholars combine training with their studies every day from Monday to Friday and compete in 4 leagues, Ryman U21’s, Thurlow Nunn League, Conference Youth Alliance and VLUK League. The Academy also feed players into Ryman side Witham Town FC and Braintree Town FC first team, currently in the National League.

The program is designed to provide a blend of football & educational studies, and those scholars who don’t make the grade as footballers will still leave with academic qualifications and additional life skills.

HND Coaching and Developing Sport:

  • Successful completion of this course could lead into year three of sports degree programmes at university. Career opportunities with pri­vate or local authority sports centres as sports coaches and leaders, sports development staff, fitness/gym staff, leisure centre staff, health and fitness staff. Employers may include: local authority, local sports organisations, private clubs/hotels and/or leisure trusts.

BTEC Level 3 – National Diploma in Sport: (entry level – 5 GCSE A-C grades including maths & english)

  • The 180 Credit Level 3 Extended Diploma that you will gain if you complete 180 credits deepens the specialist work related focus. It is broadly equivalent to three GCE A Levels.
  • If you complete this qualification with a distinction star, this is worth 420 UCAS Points.

The education program and coaching experience provides the learners with the opportunity to enhance the number of pathways open to them upon completion of the course. The Academy will be on hand to speak with parents and potential scholars about the course in more detail and answer any questions raised.

This program is by far the most exciting opportunity for this age group, and provides an excellent platform for young people to gain a qualification whilst being a full time youth footballer at a National League club.

During 2015/16 – Braintree Town Academy finished in 4th spot in the Conference Youth Alliance League. In total, 10 Academy players have signed first team forms with Alife Walker making his debut and 3 players finished the season on loan to AFC Sudbury and Canvey Island in the Ryman League

To sign up for the academy please click on the TRIALS link below and complete the online form.


Date: Tuesday 24th May 2016.

Time: 6:30apm-9pm.

Location: Witham Town Football Club, The Village Glass Stadium, Spa Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 1UN

The Academy Logo on Background v2 (cmyk)


Request a Trial

Braintree Town Academy is an academic programme and we only trial players for the Academy and Under 21s, however if we feel your ability is good enough, we will not hesitate in putting you onto a first team pathway.

If you’re successful, you will then join the education programme for the academic year studying one of the below.

  • BTEC – Level 2 & 3.
  • Degree in Sports Science & Coaching Football.
  • Apprenticeship.


  • 15 year olds (year 11 students) – to 20 year olds.

Please note:

  • Trials are currently only open to UK based applicants.
  • Trials are only for the Academy (academic programme).
  • We do not accommodate and all students will be required to travel to Braintree and Witham 5 days a week.

Academy Training camp

Two Day training camp open to anyone aged 16-19 years old looking to join our academic/coaching football programme for the season 2019/20.

You will train alongside our current academy squad with our academy coaches.

The training camp will take place at the Discovery Centre, Braintree, CM77 7FS on Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th July 2019 10am – 2pm.


10th Academy Player To Signs First Team Forms

vanarama-national-league-logo-43207-2482023_478x359 Harry Watkins is the 7th player to sign First Team forms for Braintree Town FC this season, tallying the overall number to 10 Academy players that have signed First Team forms over the last 2 seasons, with 4 making their debuts in the National League.

Harry caught First Team manger Danny Cowley’s eye during a Reserve Team fixture and was invited to training with the First Team the following week.

Harry impressed the coaching staff and management over the last couple of weeks and has now been asked to sign First Team forms.

Harry added “I’m so happy that I’ve been given the opportunity to show the first team manager Danny what I have to offer and have really enjoyed training with the lads. I’m grateful for the support I have received from the academy and everything they have done for me, I have learned so much in a small period of time and I am always learning. Ross McPherson and Jake Gilder always deliver challenging session and always take the time out to help improve all the players and me. I am really looking forward to the future here at Braintree Town FC”



Braintree Town Academy set for switch to Witham Town

CO59376_06_soccer_STEVE_ARG.jpg-pwrt3Braintree Town Academy is on the move and manager Mark Sansom is excited about the new opportunities that will be opened up by a six-mile shift to Witham Town.

While students’ practical football coaching will continue at the Notley Discovery Centre and home games will remain at Coggeshall Town’s West Street ground, the relocation will see all the academy’s teaching sessions and administration move to Witham’s Village Glass Stadium from their present home at the Avanti Stadium.

It will see the academy forging close links with another of the district’s most prominent football clubs and Sansom is looking forward to extending the potential for his students to develop their sporting education.

As well as creating stronger links to a new area for future student recruitment and community involvement with coaching opportunities in schools and clubs around Witham, Sansom said the move will create a better pathway for players looking to have careers in senior football.

At the moment, the gulf between academy action in the Football Conference Youth Alliance and the Iron’s first team in the Vanarama National League is too large for many players to progress, however, the link with Witham will make it far easier for players to step up.

Sansom said it would allow academy scholars to play for Witham in the Ryman League with possible moves upwards to Braintree.

He said: “From a community aspect, this move will give us a whole new town to work in.

“That gives us a whole new list of schools and opens up huge new coaching perspectives for our students as we’ll be able to go into schools around Witham in the same way as we have with Braintree.

“We can also hold football camps in Witham as well as Braintree during holiday periods, which will be great.

“There’s also the aspect that this move will help us give boys a further stepping stone in the game as Ryman League football will be the perfect bridge for the gap to Braintree’s first team.

“So both clubs will see the benefits as Witham will see the best of our academy students and Braintree will hopefully see a better progression.

“We’ve seen Joe Maybanks and Alfie Walker out on loan at Sudbury and Canvey Island this year where we have to put our trust in other clubs to cater for their progression how we’d like, but this will allow a far better and structured progression.

“There are a whole lot of positives for the Braintree Town Academy with this move and it’s a very exciting one for us.

“We’ll be moving from next week and will continue to be the Braintree Town Academy for the rest of this academic year, but there is a possible plan that we will merge the branding of the two clubs in the name from September.”

Witham chairman Mark Nicholls added on the club’s website: “(this is a) Great move.

“Two local clubs now working together – it’s a win-win situation.

“At our board meeting, every member backed the move.

“It’s no longer them and us.

“It also shows that clubs want to give more to the local community and with Witham’s ever-growing youth set up, there is now a passage all the way up the football tree along with education.”

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