The National League has granted 22 clubs, including Sutton United, an Academy Licence for the inaugural National League Football Academy season.
Starting on September 11th, the 2019/20 campaign will be formed of two regional divisions - twelve Clubs in the South and ten in the North - and clubs will participate in an additional cup competition later in the season.
Head of Player Development, Gary Owers, said: “The National League and National League Youth Alliance is committed to Youth Development.
As part of our ongoing strategic approach we have implemented a scheme for Clubs to demonstrate their own commitment to raising and maintaining standards in this area.
The licencing process involved Clubs meeting required criteria set by The National League.
The aim of a National League Football Academy is to provide an environment and player pathway which allows Clubs to develop and produce more and better home grown players”.
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOOTBALL ACADEMY NORTH
FC Halifax Town
NATIONAL LEAGUE FOOTBALL ACADEMY SOUTH
Hampton and Richmond Borough
Weston Super Mare
Our first game on September 11th is at the Knights Community Stadium against Maidenhead, kick off 2pm
We will also be fielding a side under the Sutton United Ambers banner in Division D of the National League Under 19 Alliance, and that season also begins on 11 September with an away local derby against Carshalton Athletic (2pm).
We will have the full fixture list on the 'academy' section of the website over the next few days
While those competitions get under way in September, the Suburban League season has already started and our Premier Division campaign begins this Friday evening at Bromley, kick off at Hayes Lane is 8pm. Suburban League fixtures will be added to the website as they are known.