How does recruitment work at Wolves Academy?
Wolves have a network of scouts who work for the club on a local, national and international basis. They look for players predominantly from under-6s to under-16s (the higher up the age groups, the less likely it becomes to be offered a trial – however it still is possible). Once they identify a player, they recommend them to the Academy recruitment department.
Do you run open trials, and how do I get a trial?
Wolves do run open trials. These events are always advertised with a Wolves contact email address on for example, firstname.lastname@example.org. If it does not have a wolves.co.uk email address on the flyer, this is not an official open trial. To add, all open trials are held at the Wolves training ground.
We always watch players at their local clubs or schools before inviting them for a trial. Therefore, if you write in for a trial, you should always include a fixture list with kick-off times and venues for your team. You should also write a CV to tell us about your football background, including information such as date of birth, playing position, clubs previously played for and any representative honours such as those attained with school, district or county teams. Letters of reference and recommendation can help to support an application. We are only able to trial players with an EU passport or those who have ‘leave to remain’ documentation.
How do I know if a scout has been to watch me?
Unfortunately, you may never know. However, our scouts are always in club kit. You will only know if we make contact via your current club – we will always approach your coach or manager before contacting a player’s parents.
What are we looking for?
Quite simply; talent. We understand that players come in all shapes and sizes, with a variety of strengths and weaknesses. We consider a player’s technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social attributes, as well as looking at relative age effect and maturation rates. We also must compare them to players currently in the Academy to assess whether a target player has the potential (we understand this may take time) to be better than the players we already have registered. We also have to take into consideration the effect on the child if they are sent for an Academy trial and are not ready, this could be a negative experience for them.
I keep contacting clubs, but never seem to get invited in. What can I do to get scouted?
Football is a hugely competitive profession in which to ‘make it’. Obviously, talent is required, but it takes real resilience and determination to be successful in the game. Some people are noticed early on, and others develop later, so keep working hard, and keep emailing clubs at a variety of levels.
The higher the level you are currently playing at, the more likely you are to be noticed, so even if you don’t get a trial at Wolves, look to move up the leagues at whatever level you can. Don’t lose heart, and however far you get, do it for the enjoyment of the game – professional recognition is an obvious bonus, but a love of the game will give you satisfaction whatever the outcome!
Please email your information to:
email@example.com if aged between 12-16 and live within 90 minutes of Wolverhampton.
firstname.lastname@example.org if aged between 6-11 and live within 90 minutes of Wolverhampton.
email@example.com if aged between 12-16 and live outside of 90 minutes of Wolverhampton.
Please remember, we get hundreds of trial applications each week, so are not able to respond to emails, and we cannot watch everyone. If you do not receive an email back unfortunately it is unsuccessful at this moment in time.
False advertising of trials
The club has previously been the subject of false advertising of trials by unauthorised companies. We are aware that some people have received letters and/or email correspondence purportedly offering them trials at the club’s Academy in exchange for the payment of a fee. Please note, these letters and email correspondence are fraudulent and have not been sent by the club. We are working with the relevant authorities to try and stop this. The club does not charge trialists a fee.
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss any correspondence that appears to have been sent to you by the club in relation to trials at the Academy, please contact Mathew Hobbs on firstname.lastname@example.org.