Shield Academy was founded in 2007 by Dan Seymour, Matt Harding and Richard Fox. Shield Academy was formed with 15 boys, one bag of balls, some cones and a bit of space in a park.

In 6 years we have grown tremendously, welcoming nearly 200 boys through our gates every week.

Below you’ll find a sample of Shield Academy’s recent accolades:

2007/08

Overview:
  • Shield grows immediately to 4 teams
  • Shield joins the Thundermite League
Accolades:
  • Under 10’s Crowned Champions of the Thundermite ‘A’ Division
  • Rhian Brewster signs for Chelsea FC
  • Director of Football, Dan Seymour appointed to the Chelsea FC Academy staff

2008/09

Overview:
  • Shield has 6 teams.
Accolades:
  • Under 9’s finish runners up in the Thundermite ‘Premier’ Division

2009/10

Overview:
  • Shield has 8 teams.
  • Shield enters the ECHO Junior Football League..
  • All Shield teams consolidate their positions within their respective leagues.
  • Shield Under 10’s finish 2nd in the ECHO ‘B’ Division
Accolades:
  • Under 10’s finish 2nd in the Echo ‘B’ Division
  • Lewis Englishby signs for Wycombe
  • Salim Nassor signs for Reading

2010/11

Overview:
  • Shield Under 10’s Win their respective division

2011/12

Overview:
  • Shield Academy launches new club structures.
  • Shield now has 9 teams.
  • The first ever Shield Community Scheme is launched.

2012/13

Overview:
  • Shield has 10 teams.
  • Shield launches its Girl’s academy and technical school
Accolades:
  • Under 9 Red’s finish 2nd in their division and gain promotion.
  • Under 12’s finish 3rd in their division and gain promotion.
  • Godson signs for Leyton Orient.

2013/14

Overview & Accolades:
  • Shield has 15 teams.
  • Shield launches its Mini Shield’s section for 5-7 year olds.
  • Shield U12 Red’s win the league and promotion to the top flight.
  • Shield U12 Black gain promotion to the ECHO Premier League on the last day of the season.
  • Shield reaches its first ever cup final.
  • Shield is awarded FA Charter Standard Development Status.
  • Shield is awarded the FA Charter Development Club of the Year Award.

2014/15

Overview & Accolades:

U11 Blue league winners

U11 Blue win league and cup double

U13 Blue league winners

U13 Blue cup finalists

U14 promoted to ECHO ‘A’ Division

2015/16

Overview & Accolades:

250 players playing weekly at Shield Academy!

U12 Blue promoted