The Shield Ethos

Children are being introduced to football earlier than ever. It is therefore vital that the parent has an understanding of the whether the club their children play for is the right one, in order to ensure that the club they join their child to will provide a great environment and experience for competitive football.

Shield Academy was created in 2007, by Dan Seymour, Matt Harding & the late Richard Fox.

Shield’s aim was (and still is) to encourage the improving coaching standards, and to provide a positive football environment for everyone, regardless of who they are, and who they play for. Our ultimate aim is to encourage our players to be confident, competent and strong decision-makers. Find out more »

Latest Shield Updates

Result 19-2-17

February 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Want To Get Into Coaching?

February 3rd, 2017|1 Comment

Shield Academy YFC are always looking for new coaches to work with our new and existing teams. Our coaches are FA/UEFA qualified. We offer full support inplanning, preparing and delivering training sessions. We also offer [...]

Players Wanted

February 2nd, 2017|2 Comments

Shield Academy's U10's are looking for STRONG players to join our existing squad. We have 2 spaces available! We have: FA & UEFA Qualified Coaches Links to professional academies Links to our own technical and [...]

Games OFF 22.1.17

January 21st, 2017|0 Comments

Unfortunately all home games are off at Shield tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Mini Shields Sessions From s!January 2017!!!

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

Calling ALL U5-6's Come and try out our FREE sessions every Saturday Morning! We have FA and UEFA qualified coaches! All coaches are first aid qualified and criminal record checked. Call 07983552067 Email  

Shield Technical Academy

Come and try our brand new Advanced Technical Academy led by former Chelsea FC Coach & Director of Football Dan Seymour, and Ross Weare (Ex professional with QPR & Bristol Rovers). At Shield’s Technical Academy we focus solely on technique, helping our players to be technically comfortable and quick on the ball! OPEN TO SHIELD and NON-SHIELD members!!

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Shield Football Club

Shield Academy YFC is an FA Charter Development Standard Football Club, playing in the ECHO Junior Football League. All of our coaches are FA qualified & CRB checked. Most importantly they are enthusiastic and experienced!

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Mini Shields

Do you have children aged 5? Want to introduce them to football within a fun, friendly and professional environment? Then Mini Shield’s is the place for you! Our Mini Shield’s Section prepares our youngest players through the use of fun and imaginative technical practices, widely used within professional academies!

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Shield Academy has grown tremendously over the last 9 years. From less than twenty to over two hundred members, Shield Academy continues to go from strength to strength. We’d like you become a part of our history. Find out more »


Shield Academy is fortunate to be led by forward thinking and inventive coaches. Our links to professional clubs has enabled us to create a philosophy and development plan that is unique, creative and successful! How do we do it? Keep reading to find out! Find out more »


Our location allows us to be placed at the very heart of the Barkingside community. Our link to the local schools and The Redbridge Jewish Community Centre has enabled Shield to expand and provide a service that everyone can be proud of! Find out more »


We at Shield Academy appreciate the importance of Child Safety. The safety of the children at Shield Academy is Paramount. Our Representatives are led by a fantastic CWO, and two assistants, who ensures that Shield Academy work in line with the government’s latest initiatives. Find out more »