Ackworth school



Ackworth prides itself on the wide range of sports accessible to the students in both Junior and Senior School. Sports and Physical and Mental Well-Being are very important to today’s students providing them with a positive foundation for their academic work. Sport can expose a student to self-discipline, practice and preparation, teamwork, goal setting, success and failure, and resilience. Ackworth School is fortunate to have excellent sporting facilities including:

Five football pitches, cricket pitch, athletics field, indoor heated swimming pool, multi-sports hall, gymnasium, fitness suite, four all-weather tennis courts, multi-sport astro-turf pitch, two Squash courts, numerous table tennis tables, cross-country running course.

Sports at Ackworth

Providing students WITH a positive foundation for their Academic work

Athletics • Archery •  Badminton •  Basketball •  Cricket • Cross Country • Fencing • Football • Cricket • Gymnastics • Netball • Rounders • Tae kwon do • Tag Rugby •  Tennis • Triathlon • Volleyball • Hockey • Swimming • Table Tennis • Squash

Major Football Clubs near Ackworth School:

Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford City, Barnsley, Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham United, Burnley, Hull City.

Football Academy

Offering a two year elite football development programme for boys and girls in conjunction with 3 A-Level subjects. Places in the Academy will be limited and preference given to students already enrolled at Ackworth School.

Ackworth School’s Football Academy will be run by Jamie Fullarton an ex English Premier League footballer, and qualified UEFA Pro license coach.

About Jamie

Previous 1st team manager of Notts County FC. Founder of the Costa Unida CF Academy in Spain; renowned for creating opportunity and developing players with 13 graduating to sign for professional clubs both in England and Spain and 75% success rate of gaining soccer scholarships in the USA.

Along with his professional football coaching credentials that include 1st team coach for Crystal Palace, Head of Coaching at Bristol Rovers, U23s coach at Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest FC where 27 players under his guidance have progressed to 1st team football.

Jamie will be delivering the full time coaching programme that will develop players technically, tactically, physically mentally and socially and within the Ackworth School ethos.

Player Requirements

The Players will have a competitive games programme that will include at least two matches per term against professional football clubs, that will provide students with the opportunity to achieve their goal and the opportunity to match their skills against high-calibre opposition.

Another graduation strategy that Ackworth School will offer at the end of the 2 year programme is for students to continue further education whilst playing football through a Soccer Scholarship at a
USA College. Ackworth School will help facilitate and shape the direction for the students to enable maximum possibility.

The objective of the programme is to empower students to be the best they can be in everything they do in a safe, enjoyable learning environment.

Further Information

Entry to the Ackworth School Football Academy will be through the School’s normal admissions process. All Football Academy pupils at 6th Form level, must take 3 A-Level subjects and maintain a high level of academic performance in addition to involvement in the School’s co-curricular programme.

Football Academy pupils in years below the 6th Form must take the required academic course appropriate to their age and ability, and involve themselves in the School’s co-curricular programme.

There are currently over 600,000 people working in the football industry, making football one of the top 3 employment sectors in the UK. Ackworth School recognises there are many varied careers within the industry, not just playing football, therefore we will as part of the programme, run 2 workshops per term for the students to experience other areas within football including Sports Science, Recruitment, Analysis, Coaching and Refereeing.


I am extremely pleased to be able to offer youngsters this outstanding opportunity to achieve their personal best under the world class coaching at Pontefract Squash Club, and I am convinced that Ackworth Squash Academy will join our Table Tennis and Football Academies in achieving further sports excellence on a national level.
Ackworth School has developed an exceptional tradition of sporting excellence in both girls’ and boys’ games in recent years. We have achieved this through vigorous discipline, excellent coaching, investment in facilities and with a marked regard to flexibility in the curriculum. Many pupils represent the school, Yorkshire and England at county and national level and several have continued to excel on the world stage
Squash is more than a leisure activity; it offers a prospective career for promising youngsters to aspire. There is however, no point in aspiring to a career of mediocrity, and in the challenging world of modern-day professional sport, elite performance is the benchmark for success, satisfaction and fulfilling one’s potential. We will be the ones to nurture and build talent to the next level of superb athletic skill that we have already achieved in other sports.
The Ackworth School Squash Academy provides the environment in which players can train and develop, to attain excellence in performance while accessing a first-class education in a school that has a high regard for traditional values like truth, equality and peace. The Academy adds to the strong performance of our existing Table Tennis and Football Academies at the school which have helped to develop exceptional athletes.
Ackworth School is proud to work alongside Pontefract Squash Club whose ethos aligns with that of the school. The Club has produced a number of world-ranked players in addition to establishing a sound platform for younger players new to the sport as well as encouraging high academic and behavourial standards.
Ackworth School, which offers excellent facilities, is set in beautiful grounds in the village of Ackworth and enjoys access to nearby towns and cities such as York, Leeds, Harrogate and Wakefield. Manchester Airport is just over one hour away.
Anton Maree, Head


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