Luton Town’s Academy has, over recent years become a proud part of The Club’s rich history. The Academy Offer a programme from U9s – 18s with player’s beginning their journey with the Club as early as 6 years old. The Academy is underpinned and supported by a vast network within the Community Department consisting of Pre-Academy, Centre of Excellence and TIPS Programme (For more information on this please visit the Community section of the Web Site). In the current First Team squad; James Justin, Frankie Musonda, Akin Famewo, Kavan Cotter and Arthur Read have all come through the Academy.
The Academy is divided into three key phases:
• The Foundation Phase – U7-11
• The Youth Development Phase – U12-16
• The Professional Development Phase – U17-18
The U9s-14s Academy train part time (three times per week) and play in the South East Category Three Academy Games programme on a Sunday morning against clubs such as Barnet, Southend and Cambridge United. This games programme is supplemented with festivals and fixtures against Academies from Category one and two and European tournaments against top Clubs from across Europe which we have been very successful in.
The U15s/16s train in the hybrid model (four times a week) which involves a day out of school each week during term time to train twice at our brand new training facility (The Brache), attend Education sessions, work on strength and conditioning and go through video analysis. The team play in the South East Category three programme which, at this age, mirrors the U18s games programme and compete against teams from the South East and South West Regions. Again, the programme is supplemented with Festivals, Games against Category one and two opposition and European tournaments.
The U17s/18s are full-time Apprentices with the Club. The boys study on a BTEC Sports Science programme and train alongside the first team at The Brache. From this group, first year professional contracts are awarded.
The U19s plus become part of the first team setup at the Club and play in an U21s/23s programme.