EVERY player/student is guaranteed a place within one our squads. The games programme is structured to provide different playing opportunities pitched at different levels for different standards of ability or even based around the player/students motivation for enrolling onto the programme.
The Shadow Squad (Lancashire FA Floodlit League): This sits directly under the clubs Youth Team which in turn feeds into the clubs first team. The Shadow Squad caters for our player/students who show the highest levels of ability and have a wish or desire to play at the highest level they possibly can. Players are often personally invited onto the programme to represent The Shadow Squad based on their footballing ability, and this can even at times be players who have represented Bury FC or other clubs at Under 16 level within the Academy but not managed to secure a professional scholarship for the Youth team, allowing the staff to monitor their development between 16 - 18 years of age.
Every student even those without previous Academy experience can also be selected for The Shadow Squad each season based on their ability, and attitude in training. Competing in the LFA Floodlight League (against North West semi pro clubs), Shadow Squad players look to break into the Youth Team in house or alternatively show case themselves to Semi Professional Football Clubs via the programme.
This squad play on Wednesdays 7.30pm kick off under floodlights.
Development Squads (English Colleges League): The programme operates several Development Squads competing in the English Colleges Leagues at different categories. So if you are a talented footballer looking to push for The Shadow Squad or just love to combine your studies with the enjoyment of representing Bury FC and enjoying your football there is a development squad for you.
These squads play on Wednesday 2pm kick off.