Northampton Town FC Tryouts & Club Guide: History, Stadium, Players, and More!

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Northampton Town FC is an English professional football club based in Northampton, England. The club competes in the EFL League Two, the fourth tier of English football.

Northampton Town F.C.

Northampton Town FC Youth Development System


To produce talented individuals who have the necessary skills and qualities to compete at the highest level, whilst adopting the beliefs, strategies and styles of play in line with Northampton Town Football Club and its first team. Northampton Town FC aims to create players with the appropriate technical, tactical, physical and psychological traits needed to be successful in the professional game, as well as the confidence and ability to express themselves and take risks when appropriate. Players will have an understanding of all positions, formations and tactics and be competent to use effective decision making and creativity, both as an individual and as part of a unit/team, to overcome the various challenges and problems posed in the modern game. 

Based on the vision of the Academy, the guiding principles Northampton Town FC as a club wish to operate by and the playing style of the first team, Northampton Town’s Academy teams will play in line with the following philosophy:

In Possession:

“Create and exploit space”

Out of Possession:

“Reduce the space and options”

In Transition:

“Retain the ball or prevent the counter”

SKILL CENTRES (under 5 – under 11)

These are held at Goals in Northampton and Sir Herbert Leon Academy in Milton Keynes each Monday evening from 5.30pm to 6.30pm and in Wellingborough and Corby at the same time each Friday. Their Academy coaches deliver a technical session based purely on skill and a number of 1 v1 or 2v2 practice drills. You can pay as you go at £5 per session. Please click here for more info.


Their Player Development Centres are up and running and Northampton Town FC have been delighted with the response. Northampton Town FC have had excellent feedback both in terms of the standard of player we have recruited and the standard of coaching. For more information, Please click here for more info.

Any player joining their Development Centre can play and train with their local clubs but receive Academy standard coaching from their coaches. Please click here for more info.


The Northampton Town Shadow Squad runs between the under 9 and under 16 age groups to help further bridge the gap between grassroots football and their Academy. All age groups train twice a week at either the Duston School or Kingsthorpe College, working with Academy coaching staff to develop their skills. It also provides an opportunity for players to remain with the club and continue their development if they are not retained at Academy level.

The Shadow Squads play fixtures against other professional clubs during school holidays, including Luton Town, MK Dons, Ipswich Town and Swindon Town. They also play development games against local grassroots sides and to track their development against their signed Academy players, they will play at least 3 development fixtures with/against their Academy age group. Players who develop during their time as a Shadow Squad player will then be recommended to spend time training with the Academy to open the pathway to progress on to an Academy contract. Players in the Under 16 age group are also provided the opportunity to then move on to the full time Football & Education Programme as part of the Under 18 Shadow Squad.

There have been lots of success stories from the Shadow Squad, where an ever increasing number of players have gone on to represent the Academy and Youth Team after spending time as part of the Shadow Squad. Northampton Town FC have also seen Scott Pollock, Jack Newell and Sean Whaler start their playing journey with the club at Shadow Squad level and then go on to represent the first team.

For further information about trial opportunities at Shadow Squad, please download this document here or please click here for more info.


• To recruit and develop local home-grown players from within a 30 mile radius of Sixfields, thus working in line with their proud reputation as a community club.

• The development of individual and team skill through high quality and qualified coaching.

• The promotion of high standards of sportsmanship and behaviour that would befit a professional club committed to the principles of the FA.

• A style of play that promotes a high level of technical skill.

• A competitive spirit and the will to win as a team, whilst respecting the match officials, laws of the game and opposition.

• Welcoming all players, staff and spectators, irrespective of their ability, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, colour, religion or sexual orientation.

• Fun and enjoyment; Northampton Town FC are a hub of the community and a club that contributes positively to Northamptonshire life.

Northampton Town FC International Academy

Northampton Town, in conjunction with FCV Academy – where NTFC Academy Manager Ian Sampson worked before returning to the club, have launched the Northampton Town International Football Academy,

Founded in 2007, FCV International Football Academy has become a leading private football academy in the UK. It offers courses for aspiring footballers aged 16 and over, and is dedicated to developing players from all around the world while also providing a pathway for academic excellence.

Alongside participating in an advanced football programme at Moulton College, players will take part in online learning sessions delivered by the Institute of Sport, based in Australia. iSport is an esteemed education provider for sporting organisations worldwide, with an emphasis on practical sessions to enhance the learning process.

Northampton Town International Football Academy opened in March 2021 and players are invited to register their interest now by visiting

You can also get the latest updates by following @NTFCIFA on social media.

Northampton Town FC Player Pathway

The Northampton Town Academy Shadow Squad & Development Centres form part of the club’s player pathway.

The Northampton Town Player Performance Pathway is an integral part of our progressive Youth Development System.

As a club, we have a passion for developing local players, allowing them to train with and play games for Northampton Town.

Players can join our sessions at Foundation Level and via our Skills Centres.

Our expert coaches with work in the Northampton Town Academy provide the essential advice and the best environment for players to learn and enjoy their football while learning individual technique and ball mastery.

Players who demonstrate or achieve a high level of ability will be invited to join our prestiguous Development Centres.

Located in local communities, our Development Centres are a perfect opportunity for players to continue with their local club while also receiving exper coaching from our academy coaches.

These centres are for players from under 7 to under 14. As players progees, they can move from our Development Centres to our Shadow Squads where we run squads from under 7s to under 16s.

The function of this player pathway is to provide a journey for young players to make their way through to the Northampton Town first team.

For more details, please click here for more info.

Northampton Town FC Recruitment Trials

Northampton Town receives many emails and messages daily requesting a trial, please note that because of the volume of messages they receive, they regret they are unable to enter into personal correspondence, but the football staff will be in touch if there is an interest. you can also read more details of any open trials they may hold at any given time by visting their official academy page by clicking here.


Please note Northampton Town generally don’t offer trials to players over Academy age. You are still welcome to send your CV through to [email protected] however please bear in mind Northampton Town receives so many CVs they are unable to enter into personal correspondence about them. Northampton Town thanks you for your submission, but the football staff will only be in touch if there is an interest.


If you are a player from overseas and aged between 18 and 23, please see here for details of the Northampton Town International Football Academy.


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